The American artist Saul Leiter was interested in painting since his late teens. In 1946, when he was 23, he moved to New York City to further explore the art and discover his signature. He met the Abstract Expressionist painter Richard Pousette-Dart, who was experimenting with photography. Their friendship as well as time spent with W. Eugene Smith and works Leiter saw in exhibitions – especially those of Henri Cartier-Bresson at the Museum of Modern Art – inspired the photographer’s journey furthermore.

The compositions with a painterly touch invite to enjoy the scene – you read its story within. M

Phone Call, 1957

Around 1948 he begun to experiment in color photography. Daily episodes were his main subjects. His compositions with a painterly touch invite to enjoy the scene – you read its story within.

“I don’t have a philosophy – I have a camera.”

The first monograph, Early Color, changed permanently the history of photography. Leiter refused to analyze or explain his work any further and simply said: “I don’t have a philosophy – I have a camera.”

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Credits: Saul Leiter Foundation