The lost New York – through the lens of Saul Leiter
Alternative streetscape of New York
It took some time for the leading photographers to embrace the dawn of colour photography. But Saul Leiter began producing such images back in 1946, making a statement to his peers. Until his death in 2013 shortly before his 90th birthday, he had been roaming the streets of New York, camera in hand, capturing everyday impressions such as storefronts, cars, signs, or passers-by in his own unique way. As he did with his paintings, Leiter often made use of abstraction; blurred details, dominant shadows and obstructive elements feature heavily.
Leiter’s life work was underappreciated until recently, an oversight that the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt is now looking to address with the ‘Saul Leiter Retrospektive’, held in co-operation with Deichtorhallen Hamburg and the Saul Leiter Foundation. The exhibition will showcase more than a hundred of Leiter’s works, including his early monochrome images, his growing preoccupation with colour, and even the sketchbooks and photographs he was working on just before his death.
Photos: Saul Leiter / Fotografie Forum Frankfurt