The Saul Leiter Foundation, founded in 2014 under the direction of Margit Erb, is dedicated to preserving the art and legacy of the American photographer and painter Saul Leiter (1923–2013), and to the appreciation, advancement, and conservation of photographic works worldwide. The foundation maintains an archive of Leiter’s artwork and operates activities to promote the medium of photography through educational programs, lectures, exhibitions, cataloging, books, licensing, and other media.
A primary goal is cataloging the work that Leiter left behind, which comprises thousands of prints, slides, negatives, and paintings. The SLF is working toward completing a catalogue raisonné to be made available for study by students, curators, writers, and art professionals.
Lectures on Leiter’s life and work, and on archiving and general conservation techniques, are given by the foundation’s director and her staff, in grade schools, high schools, colleges, universities, and other institutions. These lectures often accompany Leiter’s traveling exhibitions; recent talks have been held at the Photographers’ Gallery in London; FOMU in Antwerp, Belgium; Bunkamura in Tokyo; and the Itami City Museum of Art in Itami, Japan.
These are the early days of the Saul Leiter Foundation, but many exciting programs and activities are planned to share the work of this unique photographer and painter with art lovers around the world.