|Walking, 1956, Saul Leiter, Howard Greenberg Gallery (most of the Leiter images used here are from the same source)|
|Self Portrait, 1950: Looking through the Lens|
|Incongruity in Manhattan: Harper's Bazaar, 1959, Saul Leiter image|
|1967: Miller Shoes Advert, Saul Leiter image|
|Young Americans: MOMA Announcement 1953|
|Don't Walk, Saul Leiter's Manhattan|
|Mad Man in Taxi, NYC, 1957, Saul Leiter|
|Reflection, NYC, Saul Leiter|
|New York Passing By: "Red Umbrella," NYC, Saul Leiter|
|Layers of the City: "Window," NYC, 1957, Saul Leiter|
|At Work: "Postmen," NYC, 1952, Saul Leiter|
|Keep Moving: On the Streets of New York, Saul Leiter|
His images are connected to the eerie sense of a cold, morally neutral world inhabited by characters in Raymond Chandler novels and reflected in film noir, a genre known for its literal black and white portrayal of a corrupt postwar world. Leiter's use of color was as unusual as the rare "color noir" film such as Leave Her to Heaven (1945) or Rope (1948).
|Film Noir in Color: Leave Her to Heaven|
|Color of a Dark City: Rope and the "perfect crime"|
|Postwar Anxiety: The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit|
Often, the color of the fifties was portrayed in grand Cinemascope style.
Epic. Dramatic. And Large.
In Leiter's work, color is deployed to frame the fragmentary moment.
Small. Human. Real.Even in his most colorful images, themes of loneliness and isolation emerge in the various surfaces of Leiter's work; he depicts fragments of a world that seem captured from life, resembling stills from a film.
Director Todd Haynes is known for turning to the work of early 20th century photographers in giving visual depth to his films. In Carol (2015), Haynes portrays a photographer in a film that is heavily inspired by photographers. Along with looking at the work of photographers Helen Levitt and Vivian Maier, Haynes also turned to Leiter for inspiration. See cinematographer Edward Lachman's comments about using Leiter as an inspiration in shooting the film.
|Layers and Reflections on Leiter: Rooney Mara in Carol (2015)|
You can see Saul Leiter in conversation (2012) here.
|News at a Cold City Corner, NYC, Saul Leiter|