We’re pleased to announce that the exhibition Forever Saul Leiter, whose run was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, reopened at the Bunkamura Museum of Art in Tokyo on July 22. Social distancing policies are in effect, and the number of people viewing the show at any one time will be limited, but the organizers are presenting the large exhibition as closely as possible to the original version, which was forced to close in late February. The showÂ features projections of Leiter color slides being shown for the very first time, including some that were not part of the initial run. Unless another closure for safety reasons becomes necessary, Forever Saul LeiterÂ will be on display untilÂ September 28, 2020.
The B&H Photography Podcast has posted a recent conversation with Saul Leiter Foundation director Margit Erb and associate director Michael Parillo. Host Allan Weitz and producer John Harris ask questions about Leiter’s life and work, and about managing his archive. Click the link above to hear the podcast; it’s available at most major outlets as well, including Apple Podcasts.
Howard Greenberg Gallery is presenting a new online exhibition, The World Is Full of Endless Things: Saul Leiter’s New York. During these challenging and uncertain times, the show celebrates the idea of creating art within your own personal environment. “Leiter found inspiration all around him in his neighborhood, and never lacked for subject matter; he consistently discovered magic in the mundane,” the accompanying text reads. Saul Leiter’s New York includes color photographsâ€”indeed most of them shot within a few blocks of Leiter’s home in the East Villageâ€”and paintings.
Saul Leiter: In Stillness, a new release from Libro Arte in Japan, presents Yumiko Izuâ€™s photographs of Leiterâ€™s living and working spaces in New York Cityâ€™s East Village. Izu began capturing the images just a few weeks after Leiter passed away in 2013, and completed the project in late 2019. â€ś[Izu] has skillfully and meticulously drawn the portrait of the artist in the way a biographer would have with words,â€ť Magnum New York cultural director Pauline Vermare writes in her essay. The book, released in May 2020, also contains an essay by Saul Leiter Foundation director Margit Erb.
As the Saul Leiter Foundation, in collaboration with the German scholar Elena Skarke, begins to catalog the tens of thousands of color slides that Leiter left behind, a new exhibition on the online platform 28 Vignon Street, Saul Leiter: Discoveries from the Slide Archive,Â presents a series of images on the web for the first time. “Weâ€™re seeing entirely new facets of the Leiter oeuvre in these slidesâ€”new motifs, new settings, fresh experiments in photography,” SLF associate director Michael Parillo writes in an accompanying essay. The exhibition is for viewing only; the works are not being offered for sale. Visitors can register at 28 Vignon Street or log in a guest.
On January 9, 2020, Saul Leiter returns to the Bunkamura Museum of Art in Tokyo with an expansive new show, just under three years after the museum hosted his first retrospective in Japan. Forever Saul Leiter includes a newly curated selection of color and black-and-white photography, paintings, and ephemera, much of it being displayed for the first time. An inside look atÂ the Saul Leiter Foundation is highlighted by a room displaying projections of recently unearthed color work from Leiter’s slide archive, part of a research project begun in 2018. The exhibition runs until March 8, 2020, and an accompanying book, also titledÂ Forever Saul Leiter, is being released by Shogakukan to coincide with the opening.
Two new Saul Leiter exhibitions were recently launched in Japan, at Leica Gallery Tokyo and Leica Gallery Kyoto. The presentation in Tokyo (December 6, 2019, through March 1, 2020) is titled Lanesville and features Leiter’s famous 1958 color nude photograph by that name, along with eight of its variants and a selection of fashion work from the same period, when Leiter’s commercial career was gaining steam. The Kyoto show, Saul Leiter: Nude (December 7, 2019, through March 5, 2020), includes black-and-white photographs and a series of Leiter’s colorful hand-painted prints.
The exhibition Saul Leiter: Retrospektive, which first opened at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg in 2012, finds its latest home at the Kunstfoyer in Munich, where it will runÂ through September 15, 2019. In recent years Retrospektive made stops in Antwerp (FOMU) and London (the Photographers’ Gallery). To coincide with this latest installment, the Kunstfoyer will present screeningsÂ of Tomas Leach’s 2013 documentary film, Saul Leiter: In No Great Hurry, on July 17 and September 15, 2019, at the Jewish Community Center in Munich.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, with works by Saul Leiter, Robert Frank, William N. Copley, and Saul Steinberg, is open through July 4 atÂ Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese in Berlin. “With a common interest in everyday culture in America,” the exhibition text reads, “the four artists each use different mediaâ€”photography, painting, and drawingâ€”to create a poignant portrait of a post-war society.” The show is co-curated by Kicken Berlin.
Saul Leiter: East 10th Street, featuring black-and-white nudes and intimate portraits along with painted photographs,Â is now open at Gallery FIFTY ONE in Antwerp, Belgium. Meanwhile, the adjacent gallery space FIFTY ONE TOO is presenting a selection of prints from Leiter’s 1958 “Lanesville” series, which are the artist’s only nudes in color. The shows are open through June 29, 2019, and are commemorated by the new FIFTY ONE Publications releaseÂ Saul Leiter: East 10th Street.
Photographer Saul Leiter: A Retrospective, which opened at Bunkamura in Tokyo in 2017 and traveled to the Itami City Museum of Art in 2018, is now on view at the Bandaijima Art Museum in Niigata, Japan. The exhibition, which includes paintings and painted photographs in addition to color and black-and-white photography, closes on May 9, 2019.
Saul Leiter is part of a unique new exhibition at the gallery Demisch Danant at 30 West 12th Street in New York City. A Specific Eye: Seven Collections displays art and objects on loan from a range of artists and designers. The Leiter section includes paintings by Leiter, Soames Bantry, and others, along with personal effects such as antique furniture and blocks of watercolor paper from Sennelier in Paris. A Specific Eye is open through April 6, 2019.
On December 1, 2018, the exhibition Saul Leiter/David Lynch/Helmut Newton: Nudes will open at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin. This three-artist show marksÂ the first time the Newton Foundation has devoted its space entirely to nude photography. The Leiter portion of the exhibition will mostly comprise black-and-white photos, including a vitrine of small, often hand-torn prints that Saul called “snippets,” plus painted photos and a selection of color work from the 1958 “Lanesville” series. The closing date is May 19, 2019.
Saul Leiter: In Search of Beauty, which opened this past June at Foto Colectania in Barcelona, has traveled to Museo Patio Herreriano in Valladolid, Spain. The showÂ includes color and black-and-white photographs and will be open through January 20, 2019.
The book All About Saul Leiter, first published in Japan by Seigensha in 2017, has been released in four international editions. Pictured, from left, are volumes for the U.K. (Thames & Hudson), Spain/North America (Editorial RM), France (Ă‰ditions Textuel), and South Korea (Will Books). The book contains more than 200 images, including color and black-and-white photographs, paintings, and painted photos. The original Japanese edition is in its eleventh printing.
On Thursday, June 28, at 8pm, the exhibition Saul Leiter: In Search of Beauty will open at Foto Colectania in Barcelona, running through Sunday, October 21. The show, curated by Roger Szmulewicz of Gallery FIFTY ONE in Antwerp, includes color and black-and-white work in the areas of street photography, fashion, and nudes and intimate portraits.
The Saul Leiter Foundation is pleased to announce that the long-awaitedÂ In My Room has been released. The book, which includes an essay by Carole Naggar and an afterword by Robert Benton, features Leiterâ€™s black-and-white nudes and intimate portraits.Â â€śThey are not simply photographs of bodies molded by light and shadowâ€ť Benton writes,Â â€śbut are a very private diary in which the pages have somehow gotten out of order.â€ť
On Thursday, May 10, Saul Leiterâ€™s show In My Room will open at Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York City, running until June 30, 2018. There will be an opening reception at the gallery on May 10 from 6 until 8pm. The exhibition of black-and-white nudes and intimate portraits includes work from the upcoming (and long-delayed) book from Steidl, also titled In My Room. Weâ€™ll let you know on this page at saulleiterfoundation.org when the book is released.
The traveling exhibitionÂ Photographer Saul Leiter: A Retrospective, which was presented at the Bunkamura Museum in Tokyo last year, will open at the Itami City Museum of Art in Itami, Japan, on Saturday, April 7. The show includes paintings, painted photographs, and items from Leiter’s atelier in addition to color and black-and-white photographs. The ninth edition of Seigensha’s book All about Saul Leiter will be released alongside the exhibition, which closes on May 20 and then travels to S-Factory in Seoul, South Korea, in June.
For the Art Dealers Association of America’s Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, the Howard Greenberg Gallery is displaying an all-Leiter booth comprising painting and photography. The show is open February 28 through March 4; HGG can be found at booth A25.
Featuring eight never-before-printed color images, the portfolio Saul Leiter: 1950s New York is now available from the Benrido Collotype Atelier in Kyoto, Japan.Â Benrido is one of the last remaining practitioners of the collotype process, which originated in the mid-1800s in France and produces prints using glass-plate negatives. 1950s New York is printed on Torinoko paper, with an image size of 30×20 centimeters (paper size: 42×30 cm.). The edition is limited to 50 copies.
Photographer Saul Leiter: A Retrospective is now up and running at the Bunkamura Museum of Art in Tokyo. The expansive exhibition features more than 200 works, including paintings, painted nudes, and ephemera such as Leiter’s cameras and personal correspondence, in addition to classic and previously unseen photographs. The new book All About Saul Leiter, from Seigensha Art Publishing, was released to coincide with the show. During the opening weekend (April 29-30), Saul Leiter Foundation director Margit Erb and exhibition curator Pauline Vermare gave talks on the artist’s life and work, and Tomas Leach’s Leiter documentary, In No Great Hurry, was screened at Bunkamura’s Le CinĂ©ma. The show closes on June 25. Photo by Yuya Furukawa
To accompany Saul Leiter’s first exhibition in Japan, at the Bunkamura Museum of Art in Tokyo, the French digital magazine L’Oeil de la Photographie presents “Saul Leiter, the New York Nabi”Â by Pauline Vermare, the curator of the Japanese show. Exploring the significant influence of Japanese art on Leiter’s work, Vermare says, “His atelier actually looked very much like a traditional Japanese houseâ€Żâ€”â€Żthe dark wood, the spectacularly tall glass window letting in the northern light, theâ€Żvery Japanese garden outside. As Junâ€™ichirĂ´ Tanizaki wrote in In Praise of Shadows, ‘We love things that bear the marks of grime, soot, and weather, and we love the colors and the sheen that call to mind the past that made them.â€™”
As part of the Whitney Stories video series, the visual artist Vik Muniz talks about two 1950s photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Artâ€™s collection, â€śShoe of the Shoeshine Boyâ€ť by Saul Leiter and â€śMetropolitan Life Insurance Buildingâ€ť by Robert Frank. â€śMy grandmother used to tell me when you meet people you have to look at their shoes,â€ť Muniz says while discussing the Leiter image. â€śBecause their shoes are so revealing of what they want to do, and what they want to be, and how they want to behave.â€ť
In the Talk of the Town column in The New Yorkerâ€™s April 3, 2017, issue, Rebecca Mead chats at Howard Greenberg Gallery with Fay Ennis, the subject of Saul Leiterâ€™s famous late-’40s â€śFay Smokingâ€ť photograph. â€śWe were completely Platonic,â€ť Ennis, who’s now a spry 92, says in the piece, titled â€śTreasuring Saul Leiterâ€™s Moody Black-and-White Photographs.â€ť (Itâ€™s called â€śCool Momâ€ť in the print version of the magazine.) â€śI was never his muse.â€ť
In advanceÂ of the Leiter exhibition opening on April 29 at the Bunkamura Museum of Art in Tokyo, the Saul Leiter Foundation hosted a group of writers and photographers from Japan in February as they assembled pre-showÂ press. The visit was organized by NYC & Company and included representatives from Geijutsu Shincho, Have a nice PHOTO!, Figaro Japon, Coyote, and Fashion Tsushin. In addition to visiting Howard Greenberg Gallery and viewing MoMAâ€™s collection of Leiter photographs, the journalists were given an East Village tour, walking in Saulâ€™s footsteps past the scenes of some of his best-known photographs, including â€śTanager Stairs.â€ť
The latest installment of Saul Leiterâ€™s European traveling exhibition, Retrospective, ended on Sunday, January 29, at the Fotomuseum (FOMU) in Antwerp, Belgium. The final day was highlighted by a pair of lectures and guided tours given by Saul Leiter Foundation director Margit Erb and exhibition co-curator Brigitte Woischnik. The crowds remained strong throughout the show’s three-month run, and the last weekend was no exception. A parallel exhibition of Leiterâ€™s black-and-white work, at Roger Szmulewiczâ€™s Gallery Fifty One Too, also in Antwerp, ended over the weekend as well.
Saul Leiterâ€™s latest exhibition is opening on Friday, October 28, at the Fotomuseum (FOMU) in Antwerp, Belgium. It runs until January 29, 2017. The show, Retrospective, originated at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg and includes color and black-and-white photographs, paintings, and new discoveries from the Saul Leiter Foundation. Featured in the exhibit is a brand-new short film about the foundation, directed by Marc Lesser of Lucky Tiger Productions.
On May 22, 2013, Leiter was interviewed in front of an audience at New York Cityâ€™s School of Visual Arts, by New Yorker photography critic Vince Aletti. Their fascinating and freewheeling conversation is available on YouTube.
In T Magazineâ€™s â€śA Prolific New York Photographer Comes Back Into Focusâ€ť Hattie Crisell, promoting Leiterâ€™s show at Londonâ€™s Photographersâ€™ Gallery, says of the artistâ€™s color work, â€śHe developed a distinctive, dreamy style that played with shallow depths of field and a vibrant palette.â€ť
â€śLeiterâ€™s images of mid-century Manhattan are dreamy masterworks, the photographic equivalent of the poetic oils his great hero Pierre Bonnard had produced in the south of France a generation earlier,â€ť Christian House writes in the Telegraphâ€™s five-star review of the Saul Leiter: Retrospective show at the Photographersâ€™ Gallery in London. â€śLeiterâ€™s metropolis is an elemental, almost pastoral, environment.â€ť
â€śEven after the plaudits started to rain down after the publication of his now essential book, Early Color, in 2006, Saul Leiter was a reluctant legend,â€ť Kenneth Dickerman writes in the Washington Post. The piece coincides with Leiterâ€™s early-2016 show in London, at the Photographersâ€™ Gallery.
In â€śCatching Hold of the Devious City,â€ť in the New York Review of Books, Michael Greenberg digs deep into Saul Leiterâ€™s life and art, examining the artistâ€™s place in the New York School as well as analyzing the personal nature of his work. â€śHe stands apart from his contemporaries in the way he seemed to let his photographs seep toward him,â€ť Greenberg writes. â€śYou almost never get the sense that he has muscled his images into being.â€ť
â€ś[Leiterâ€™s] take was glancing and indirect but tenderâ€”the fond regard of a lover who sees and forgives every ď¬‚aw,â€ť Vince Aletti says in his intro to this New Yorker portfolio of color and black-and-white photographs.
Click here to read Aperture.orgâ€™s â€śFrom the Archive: A Visit With Saul Leiterâ€ť by Eric Banks, which originally ran in Aperture issue 212, from fall 2013.
â€śElliptical, poetic, beautifully crafted, Leiterâ€™s images are impossible to pin down,â€ť Andrew Dickson writes in â€śMade in Manhattan: How Saul Leiter Found Beauty in Gothamâ€™s Glass and Grime,â€ť on TheGuardian.com. â€śThey rarely show us the New York we think we know. Yet they could never be of anywhere else.â€ť
In Mekado Murphyâ€™s recent New York Times piece â€śTodd Haynes Collects Images to Guide the Feel of His Films,â€ť director Haynes talks about the image books he makes to share with his collaborators, discussing Saul Leiterâ€™s influence on his latest movie, Carol.