Early Color by Saul Leiter. First edition first impression. Medium format hardback in new condition. No markings. Pages clean, binding firm. Jacket in a removable protective sleeve. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Early Color
Firstly, this is a reprint of the immensely successful Early Color (2006), which presented Leiter’s remarkable body of colour work to the public for the first time in book form. Although Edward Steichen had exhibited some of Leiter’s colour photography at the Museum of Modern Art in 1953, it remained virtually unknown to the world thereafter. Leiter moved to New York in 1946 to become a painter. However, through his friendship with Richard Pousette-Dart he quickly recognized the creative potential of photography. Therefore, Leiter continued to paint, exhibiting with Philip Guston and Willem de Kooning. However, the camera remained his ever-present means of recording life in the metropolis. However, none of Leiter’s contemporaries, with the partial exception of Helen Levitt, assembled a comparable body of work: subtle, often abstract compositions of lyrical, eloquent colour.
About Saul Leiter
Leiter (b. 1923) started shooting street photography in New York in the 1940s. He had no formal training in photography, but the genius of his early work was quickly acknowledged by Edward Steichen. Who included Leiter in two important MoMA shows in the 1950s. MoMA’s 1957 conference “Experimental Photography in Color” featured 20 colour photographs by Leiter.
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