Saul Leiter
Early Black and White

Germany, written by La Rédaction / The Staff

© Saul Leiter

The distinctive iconography of Saul Leiter’s early black and white photographs stems from his profound response to the dynamic street life of New York City in the late 1940s and 50s. While this technique borrowed aspects of the photodocumentary, Leiter’s imagery was more shaped by his highly individual reactions to the people and places he encountered. Like a Magic Realist with a camera, Leiter absorbed the mystery of the city and poignant human experiences. Together with Early Color, also published by Steidl, Early Black and White shows the impressive range of Leiter’s early photography.

Co-published with The Howard Greenberg Library.

Early Black and White
Saul Leiter
Edited by Max Kozloff
Steidl Editions
Hardcover / Clothbound in slipcase
ISBN 13 9783865214133
64.00 €

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