Kyoto’s Benrido Releases Leiter Collotype Portfolio

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. 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.

Leiter Show Opens at Tokyo’s Bunkamura Museum

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

“Saul Leiter, the New York Nabi” on L’Oeil de la Photographie

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” 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 house — the dark wood, the spectacularly tall glass window letting in the northern light, the very Japanese garden outside. As Jun’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.’”

Vik Muniz Discusses Leiter Photo With the Whitney

As part of the Whitney Stories video series, the visual artist Vik Muniz talks about two 1950s photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art’s collection, “Shoe of the Shoeshine Boy” by Saul Leiter and “Metropolitan Life Insurance Building” by Robert Frank. “My grandmother used to tell me when you meet people you have to look at their shoes,” Muniz says while discussing the Leiter image. “Because their shoes are so revealing of what they want to do, and what they want to be, and how they want to behave.”

Saul and Fay in The New Yorker

In the Talk of the Town column in The New Yorker’s April 3, 2017, issue, Rebecca Mead chats at Howard Greenberg Gallery with Fay Ennis, the subject of Saul Leiter’s famous late-’40s “Fay Smoking” photograph. “We were completely Platonic,” Ennis, who’s now a spry 92, says in the piece, titled “Treasuring Saul Leiter’s Moody Black-and-White Photographs.” (It’s called “Cool Mom” in the print version of the magazine.) “I was never his muse.”

SLF Welcomes Members of the Japanese Media

In advance 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-show 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 MoMA’s collection of Leiter photographs, the journalists were given an East Village tour, walking in Saul’s footsteps past the scenes of some of his best-known photographs, including “Tanager Stairs.”

Show at FOMU in Antwerp Ends on a High Note

The latest installment of Saul Leiter’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 Leiter’s black-and-white work, at Roger Szmulewicz’s Gallery Fifty One Too, also in Antwerp, ended over the weekend as well.

Leiter Show Opens at FOMU in Antwerp on October 28
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Leiter Antwerp 2 Saul Leiter’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.


Watch an Onstage 2013 Interview With Saul Leiter at SVA
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On May 22, 2013, Leiter was interviewed in front of an audience at New York City’s School of Visual Arts, by New Yorker photography critic Vince Aletti. Their fascinating and freewheeling conversation is available on YouTube.

NY Times’ T Magazine on Leiter’s Exhibit in London

In T Magazine’s “A Prolific New York Photographer Comes Back Into Focus” Hattie Crisell, promoting Leiter’s show at London’s Photographers’ Gallery, says of the artist’s color work, “He developed a distinctive, dreamy style that played with shallow depths of field and a vibrant palette.”

The Telegraph Gives Five Stars to Leiter’s Photographers’ Gallery Show

“Leiter’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,” Christian House writes in the Telegraph’s five-star review of the Saul Leiter: Retrospective show at the Photographers’ Gallery in London. “Leiter’s metropolis is an elemental, almost pastoral, environment.”

Washington Post Covers Leiter’s London Show

“Even 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,” Kenneth Dickerman writes in the Washington Post. The piece coincides with Leiter’s early-2016 show in London, at the Photographers’ Gallery.

New York Review of Books Takes a Close Look at Leiter’s Work

In “Catching Hold of the Devious City,” in the New York Review of Books, Michael Greenberg digs deep into Saul Leiter’s life and art, examining the artist’s place in the New York School as well as analyzing the personal nature of his work. “He stands apart from his contemporaries in the way he seemed to let his photographs seep toward him,” Greenberg writes. “You almost never get the sense that he has muscled his images into being.”

The New Yorker Explores Leiter’s “Hidden Depths”
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“[Leiter’s] take was glancing and indirect but tender—the fond regard of a lover who sees and forgives every flaw,” Vince Aletti says in his intro to this New Yorker portfolio of color and black-and-white photographs.

“A Visit With Saul Leiter” on

Click here to read’s “From the Archive: A Visit With Saul Leiter” by Eric Banks, which originally ran in Aperture issue 212, from fall 2013.

“How Saul Leiter Found Beauty in Gotham’s Glass and Grime” from The Guardian

“Elliptical, poetic, beautifully crafted, Leiter’s images are impossible to pin down,” Andrew Dickson writes in “Made in Manhattan: How Saul Leiter Found Beauty in Gotham’s Glass and Grime,” on “They rarely show us the New York we think we know. Yet they could never be of anywhere else.”

Todd Haynes Notes Leiter’s Influence on Carol

In Mekado Murphy’s recent New York Times piece “Todd Haynes Collects Images to Guide the Feel of His Films,” director Haynes talks about the image books he makes to share with his collaborators, discussing Saul Leiter’s influence on his latest movie, Carol.