Episode 007: The Beauty of Simple Things – Introduction to Saul Leiter

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In this episode of CREATE. PHOTOGRAPHY, we will discuss American photographer Saul Leiter.

Biography excerpt from Saul Leiter Foundation

“1948 Leiter had begun to experiment in color, largely using Kodachrome 35 mm film past its sell-by date. His main subjects were street scenes and his small circle of friends. Leiter made an enormous and unique contribution to photography with a highly prolific period in New York City in the 1950s. His abstracted forms and radically innovative compositions have a painterly quality that stands out among the work of his New York School contemporaries. His earliest photographs in black-and-white and color show an extraordinary affinity for the medium.”

Edward Steichen included Leiter’s black-and-white photographs in the exhibition Always the Young Strangers at the Museum of Modern Art in 1953. While Leiter also was working as a professional photographer and also did fashion photography, and while he had had many successes in his long career it was not until 2006, when his book Saul Leiter: Early Color was published by Gerhard Steidl in Germany led to an international breakthrough. This book became an overnight sensation with worldwide distribution and, accordingly to the Leitner foundation, firmly established the artist as an early pioneer in the history of color photography.

“I happen to believe in the beauty of simple things. I believe that the most uninteresting thing can be very interesting.” (Saul Leiter)

Saul Leiter Book Retrospektive / Retrospective (disclaimer: some of the chapters are written in German)

Links to discussed photographs by Saul Leiter:

Red umbrella


More information about Saul Leiter:


Highly recommended documentary on Saul Leiter:

Documentary: In no great hurry by Tomas Leach (2013)

produced by Tomas Leach and Margit Erb (who is the curator and director of the Saul Leiter foundation)

Books on Saul Leiter (no affiliate links): https://www.amazon.com/s?k=saul+leiter&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

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2 Comments on “Episode 007: The Beauty of Simple Things – Introduction to Saul Leiter”

  1. Great episode, Daniel. Love his work and yours too,
    I worked from home today and started the day with
    a green tea and this episode. Thank you for that.

    Best regards,


    1. I am so glad you liked the episode, Bastian! Thanks for your comment! Have a great rest of your day! Regards, Daniel

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