Saul Leiter. Preface by Agnes Sire. Interview by Sam Stourdze. Steidl & Partners, Gottingen, 2008. 144 pp. Small quarto. First edition. SIGNED on title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 50 color and 50 black-and-white reproductions.
Fine-/Fine+; slight wear and a tiny 'ding' lower board edges; jacket Fine+.
"I started out as a fashion photographer. One cannot say that I was successful but there was enough work to keep me busy. I collaborated with Harper's Bazaar and other magazines. I was constantly aware that those who hired me would have preferred to work with a star such as Avedon. But it didn't matter. I had work and I made a living. At the same time, I took my own photographs. Strangely enough, I knew exactly what I wanted and what I liked."--Saul Leiter
Early Color. Photographs by Saul Leiter. Introduction by Martin Harrison. Steidl, Gottingen/Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY, 2006. 176 pp. Small quarto. First edition. SIGNED on title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket.100 color reproductions.
"Although Edward Steichen exhibited some of Saul Leiter’s color photographs at The Museum of Modern Art in 1953, for 40 years afterward they remained virtually unknown to the art world. Saul Leiter: Early Color provides the first opportunity to see a comprehensive presentation of images by one of photography’s great originals.
Leiter moved to New York in 1946 intending to be a painter, but through his friendship with the Abstract Expressionist Richard Pousette-Dart, he quickly recognized the creative potential of photography. Though he continued to paint, exhibiting alongside Philip Guston and Willem de Kooning, Leiter’s camera became-like an extension of his arm and mind-an ever-present interpreter of life in the metropolis. He sought out moments of quiet humanity in the Manhattan maelstrom, forging a unique urban pastoral from the most unlikely of circumstances.
The lyricism and intensity of his vision come into fullest play in his eloquent handling of color unequaled by his contemporaries. Leiter’s visual language of fragmentation, ambiguity, and contingency is evoked by these 100 subtle, painterly images that stretched the boundaries of photography in the second half of the 20th century."--the publisher.
Retrospektive. Photographs by Saul Leiter. Texts by IOngo Taubhorn & Brigitte Woischnik. Haus der Photographie, Hamburg/Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2012. 300 pp. Thick quarto. First edition. Signed on title page and stamped with small hearts. Clothbound. No jacket as issued. Photo-illustrated slipcase. 80 color and 40 black-and-white reproductions.
A tiny bit of wear 'shipping bruises' at 'tips' with faint; otherwise Fine/Fine.
From the publisher:
"Saul Leiter (b. 1923 in Pittsburgh) has only in recent years finally received his due as one of the great pioneers of color photography. This can perhaps be attributed to the fact that Leiter saw himself for a long time mainly as a painter. After coming to New York in 1946, he exhibited alongside Abstract Expressionists like Willem de Kooning before beginning in the late 1940s to take black and white photographs. Like Robert Frank or Helen Levitt, he found his motifs on the streets of New York, but at the same time was visibly interested in abstraction. Edward Steichen was one of the first to discover Leiter’s photography, showing it in the 1950s in two important exhibitions at New York’s MoMA. Back then color photography was regarded as »low art,« fit only for advertising. Leiter accordingly worked primarily as a fashion photographer, for magazines such as Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar. Nearly 40 years would go by before his extraordinary artistic color photography was rediscovered. This book, published to mark the first major retrospective of Leiter’s work anywhere in the world, features for the first time, in addition to his early black and white and color images, his fashion photography, the overpainted nudes, as well as his paintings and sketchbooks."