A look at the artistic photography of Saul Leiter



These days there are many ways to learn photography outside of a traditional photography degree, but one of the things that has been lost on many young photographers is the history of photography classes that most students from art schools follow. The body and life reviews of great photographers like Saul Leiter are a big step towards bringing this part of education back to our digital age.

Saul Leiter, born in 1923, was an American photographer recognized early on for his works of art, but later found success in the 1960s and 1970s as a fashion photographer in New York City. An interesting note of his career is how he spent most of his life photographing New York street life with color film, but never produced or shown the majority of his work for years. 90 at the end of his life. In his later years his work has become highly recognized in the art world with numerous shows and books, his unique pictorial style and use of colors inspiring and influencing new generations of artists in all mediums.

In this video, Tatiana hooper examines the beginning of Leiter’s career, his techniques and methods, and the impact of his work on photography. Hopper’s YouTube channel has many interesting videos covering the film photography, history and careers of many more talented photographers. It’s a great starting point for anyone looking to learn more about the history of photography and some of its biggest names. As Leiter puts it:

I have spent much of my life being ignored. I was always very happy that way. To be ignored is a great privilege. This is how I think I learned to see what other people don’t see and to react differently to situations. I just looked at the world, not really prepared for anything.


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