30 June 2016 // Sanne Schrijver //Amersfoort
Saul Leiter started shooting color and black-and-white street photography in New York in the 1940s. Leiter's personal color photography was, for the most part, not shared with the public. He became better-known as a successful fashion photographer in the 1950s and 1960s. But Leiter continued to stroll the streets wherever he was (mostly New York and Paris), making photographs for his own pleasure. His sense of color and densely compressed urban life represents a unique vision of those times. He is one of the earliest pioneers in color street photography. The beautiful colors, reflections, and abstractions are characteristic for Leiter's work. It is unlike any street photography I have seen before. It is much more romantic, poetic, and full of expression. These images focus on shapes, lights, shadows, abstractions, and the colors of everyday life.