Michael Greenberg on the urban photography of Saul Leiter

Michael Greenberg, New York Review of Books, 9 July 2015 –  [Saul] Leiter’s color photography offers its own version of chance – an attunement to the visual masterpieces that can be found in almost every urban instant… 

During his time in New York he lived in only two appartments… At least 95 percent of his photographs were taken a block or two from these appartments. Time and again you see 10th Street in his most potent images. He seemed to venture no further than the corner. He knew the street so well that he could pick up its shifts, its rhythms. He shot what was in front of him. It was a constant investigation of the familiar, of what he saw every day, in every weather and circumstance. Most photographers would become numb to such visual repetitions, but for Leiter it comprised a kind of treasure world – more than enough material for his lifetime.

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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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