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October 31, 2013

34 Wonderful Color Photographs Capture Everyday Life in New York City From Between the 1950s and 1960s

It seems remarkable that Saul Leiter is only just beginning to acquire significant mainstream recognition for his pioneering role in the emergence of color photography.

He moved to New York intent on becoming a painter, which he continued in parallel with his photography, yet ended up working for magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, Elle and British Vogue and became known for his fashion work.

As early as 1946, and thus two decades before the 1970s new color photography school (William Eggleston, Stephen Shore et al), Leiter was using Kodachrome colour slide film for his free artistic shots, despite it being despised by artists of the day. Instinctively for him, color was the picture.
"I don't have a philosophy, I have a camera." Saul Leiter


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