Saul Leiter Photography

Good old New York City street photographs by Saul Leiter.

Saul Leiter (December 3, 1923 – November 26, 2013) was an iconic American photographer and painter. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His photographic work from the 1940s and 1950s is widely known as an important contribution to New York’s School of photography. Today his work is collected in numerous public and private collections. He was encouraged by Pousette-Dart and W. Eugene Smith to pursue photography. In the early 1940s, he started taking black and white photographs with a 35 mm Leica. In 1948, he began shooting color pictures of New York’s streets. Furthermore, he started to collaborate with other photographers such as Robert Frank and Diane Arbus. Saul Leiter worked as a fashion photographer for about 20 years.

Leiter once said: “I don’t have a philosophy, I have a camera.” He transformed scenes from everyday life into visual masterpieces. Below you can find a small selection of his photographic work. The selected pictures have been taken in the 1940s – 1960s. Read more about this iconic photographer on Wikipedia.

Footprints, a photo taken in New York City in the 1950s.
Footprints, a photo taken in New York City in the 1950s. With an eye for detail and the right moment, the photographer transformed ordinary street scenes in poetic masterpieces.
Black and white photography by Saul Leiter - Photo from 1960.
Black and white photography by Saul Leiter – Photo from 1960.
Man with Straw Hat, image taken by Saul Leiter.
Man with Straw Hat, image taken by Saul Leiter.
New York City street photography.
New York City street photography on a cold and snowy winter day.
Photo taken by Saul Leiter out of a car.
Photo taken by Saul Leiter out of a car. The picture shows a fleeting moment on a rainy day.
Taxi , image taken in 1957.
Taxi , image taken in 1957. A colorful image that captures a fleeting moment.
Two men in hats on train at night photographed by Saul Leiter.
Two men in hats on train at night photographed by Saul Leiter.

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