Saul Leiter

Saul Leiter

Saul Leiter

 

ITSaul Leiter (3 dicembre 1923 – 26 novembre 2013) è stato un fotografo americano e pittore i cui primi lavori negli anni 1940 e 1950 diedero un importante contributo a quella che poi  divenne la scuola di New York della fotografia. Il suo lavoro è nelle fotografie di molte prestigiose collezioni sia pubbliche che private. Leiter nasce a Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania. Suo padre era un noto studioso di Talmud e Saul studiò per diventare  rabbino. Sua madre gli diede la prima macchina fotografica all’età di 12 anni a 23 anni, lasciò la scuola di teologia trasferendosi a New York per diventare un artista. Sviluppò un precoce interesse per la pittura ed ebbe la fortuna di incontrare il pittore espressionista astratto Richard Pousette-Dart. Pousette-Dart e W. Eugene Smith che lo incoraggiarono  ad avvicinarsi al mondo della fotografia, iniziando a scattare foto in bianco e nero con 35 mm Leica, che acquisitò per un paio di stampe Eugene Smith. Nel 1948, iniziò a scattare fotografie a colori, costituendo un  l’associazione con altri fotografi contemporanei come Robert Frank e Diane Arbus e contribuendo a formare quello che Jane Livingston definì come la Scuola di fotografia di New York. Leiter lavorò come fotografo di moda per i successivi 20 anni, con numerose pubblicazioni in Show, Elle, Vogue britannico, la regina, e Nova. Alla fine del 1950 la direzione artistica Henry Wolf pubblico’ il lavoro di moda il colore di Leiter in Esquire e poi in Harper Bazaar. Edward Steichen incluso fotografie in bianco e nero di Leiter  presso il Museum of Modern Art nel 1953.

EN – Saul Leiter (December 3, 1923 – November 26, 2013) was an American photographer and painter whose early work in the 1940s and 1950s was an important contribution to what came to be recognized as the New York school of photography. His work is in the collections of many prestigious public and private collections. Leiter was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His father was a well known Talmud scholar and Saul studied to become a Rabbi. His mother gave him the first camera at age 12. At age 23, he left theology school and moved to New York City to become an artist. He had developed an early interest in painting and was fortunate to meet the Abstract Expressionist painter Richard Pousette-Dart. Pousette-Dart and W. Eugene Smith encouraged Leiter to pursue photography and he was soon taking black and white pictures with a 35 mm Leica, which he acquired for a few Eugene Smith prints. In 1948, he started taking color photographs. He began associating with other contemporary photographers such as Robert Frank and Diane Arbus and helped form what Jane Livingston has termed the New York School of photographers during the 1940s and 1950s. Leiter worked as a fashion photographer for the next 20 years and was published in Show, Elle, British Vogue, Queen, and Nova. In the late 1950s the art director Henry Wolf published Leiter’s color fashion work inEsquire and later in Harper’s BazaarEdward Steichen included Leiter’s black and white photographs in the exhibition Always the Young Stranger at the Museum of Modern Art in 1953.

Saul Leiter

 

EN – Leiter’s work is featured prominently in Jane Livingston’s book The New York School (1992) and in Martin Harrison’s Appearances: Fashion Photography since 1945 (1991). In 2008, The Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris mounted Leiter’s first museum exhibition in Europe with an accompanying catalog. Leiter is the subject of a 2012 feature-length documentary In No Great Hurry – 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter, directed and produced by Tomas Leach. Leiter is a featured subject, among others, in the documentary film Tracing Outlines (2015) by 2nd State Productions.Martin Harrison, editor and author of Saul Leiter Early Color (2006), writes, “Leiter’s sensibility . . . placed him outside the visceral confrontations with urban anxiety associated with photographers such as Robert Frank or William Klein. Instead, for him the camera provided an alternate way of seeing, of framing events and interpreting reality. He sought out moments of quiet humanity in the Manhattan maelstrom, forging a unique urban pastoral from the most unlikely of circumstances.”Leiter died on 26 November 2013 in New York City. He is represented in New York by the Howard Greenberg Gallery.

IT – L’opera di Leiter occupa un posto di rilievo nel libro di Jane Livingston The New York School (1992) e nelle apparenze di Martin Harrison: fotografia di moda dal 1945 (1991). Nel 2008, la Fondazione Henri Cartier-Bresson a Parigi allestì la prima mostra museale di Leiter in Europa, con un catalogo di accompagnamento. Leiter è il soggetto di un documentario  realizzato nel 2012, un lungometraggioIn No Great Hurry – 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter, diretto e prodotto da Tomas Leach. Leiter  è stato introdotto, tra gli altri, nel film documentarioTracing Outlines (2015) by 2nd State Productions. Martin Harrison, editore e autore di Saul Leiter Early Color (2006), scrive: “la sensibilità di Leiter… Lo hanno collocato al di fuori degli scontri viscerali associata a fotografi come Robert Frank o William Klein. Invece, per lui la fotocamera ha regalato un modo alternativo di vedere, di inquadrare ed isolare gli eventi, rendendolo un ottimo interprete della realtà. Ha cercato momenti di vita carichi di umanità e tranquilla nel vortice sociale della città di Manhattan, forgiando un aspetto urbano unico e dettagliato. “Leiter ci lascia il 26 novembre 2013 a New York City. Egli è rappresentato a New York presso la Howard Greenberg Gallery.

 

Saul Leiter

Saul Leiter

Publications

Early Color. Introduction by Martin Harrison.

Göttingen: Steidl, 2006.

Göttingen: Steidl, 2013.

Saul Leiter.

Paris: Delpire, 2007. Photo Poche series.

London: Thames & Hudson, 2008. Photofile series.

Early Black and White.

Göttingen: Steidl, 2008.

Göttingen: Steidl; Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2014. Two volumes, boxed edition. By Max Kozloff, edited by Howard Greenberg and Bob Shamis with the assistance of Margit Erb, with an additional essay by Jane Livingston.

Saul Leiter. Göttingen: Steidl, 2008. Preface by Agnès Sire.

Photographs and Works on Paper. Antwerp: Fifty One Publication, 2011.

Here’s more, why not?. Antwerp: Fifty One Publication, 2013.

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Exhibitions

1944: Ten Thirty Gallery, Cleveland.

1945: The Outlines Gallery, Pittsburgh.

1947: Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH.

1950s: Tanager Gallery, New York.

1954: Emerging Talent. Curated by Clement Greenberg. Samuel Koontz Gallery, New York.

1972: Midtown Y, New York.

1984: Gallery Lafayette, New York.

1985: Gallery Lafayette, New York.

1993: Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.

1994: Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.

1997: Saul Leiter, In Color. Martha Schneider Gallery, Chicago.

1997: Saul Leiter, In Color. Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.

2004: Saul Leiter, In Color. Staton Greenberg Gallery, Santa Barbara.

2005: Saul Leiter, Early Color. Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.

2006: The Fashion Photographs of Saul Leiter, Festival of Fashion Photography, Hyères, France.

2006: Saul Leiter, Color, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp.

2006: In Living Color, Photographs by Saul Leiter, Milwaukee Art Museum.

2007: Saul Leiter, Early Color, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor.

2008: Saul Leiter, Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris.

2008: Saul Leiter, Faggionato Fine Arts, London.

2008: Saul Leiter, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.

2008: Saul Leiter, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta.

2008: Saul Leiter, Galleria C arla Sozzani, Milan.

2008: Saul Leiter, Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris.

2009: Saul Leiter, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp.

2010: Saul Leiter, Mois de la Foto, Paris.

2011: Saul Leiter, New York Reflections, Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam.

2011: Saul Leiter, Early Color, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne

2011: Saul Leiter, Photographs and works on paper, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp.

2012: Saul Leiter, Retrospective, Deichtorhallen Hamburg.

2013: Saul Leiter, Here’s more, why not, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp.

2013: Saul Leiter, Black & white, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp.

2013: Saul Leiter, Kunst Haus Wien.

2015: Homage to Saul Leiter, Fifty One gallery, Antwerp.

Collections

Addison Gallery of American Art

The Albertina Museum, Vienna

Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth

Art Institute of Chicago

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore

Milwaukee Art Museum

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis

Staatliche Museen Zu Berlin

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Whitney Museum of American Arts, New York