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About the Author

Saul Leiter (1923–2013) was an American photographer and painter.

Max Kozloff is a prolific writer and art critic. He is the author of several books, including Lone Visions, Crowded Frames: Essays on Photography.
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Product Details

  • Series: Photofile
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (April 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500410976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500410974
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By G. Morgan on April 15, 2009
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Saul Leiter's photography reveals an urban world of rich, yet understated colours and abstract shapes. In some photos, he focuses on a reflective surface or the layer of condensation on a window, causing the objects or people behind them to appear fluid, disjointed or overlaid with a mosaic or other pattern. His black and white work explores juxtapositions, shapes and overlaid surfaces.

I was apprehensive about buying this slim volume of Leiter's work, having recently purchased a copy of another collection of his photos: 'Early Color'. My concern was that there would be too much overlap. I need not have worried. Although about a third of the works in this collection of 64 photos also appear in 'Early Color', the entire book is superb. Moreover, about 25 of the images are of his black and white photos, with which I was entirely unacquainted.

So, what should you do if you are mainly interested in Leiter's colour photography and are hesitating between this and 'Early Color'? If money is no object (and if 'Early Color' is still available, for I do not expect it to remain in print forever), I would recommend choosing 'Early Color'. Although the reproductions in this Photofile book are good, the slightly less bright paper of 'Early Color' better suits Leiter's muted colours. However, if you are budget-conscious or are looking for a selection that includes his monochrome work, this book would be the obvious choice. And if you already own 'Early Color' and are considering another volume of Leiter's wonderful photography, do not hesitate -- this book is a gem.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. Johnson on April 18, 2009
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This is an undiscovered treasure! This book is a good intro to his work. Most people will know of his studio work for magazines, but this book unlocks the sense of color of the 50' and 60'. It is up there with Hass, Callahan and Outerbridge. You will be very happy with this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cameron on June 18, 2012
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AWESOME American street photography. Smack in the face of the contemporary rule that street photography must be shot with a wide-angle lens and black-and-white film, Leiter's use of a longer prime and color will broaden closed minds as to what "street photography" is all about.

Although the book is a bit small, it serves as an excellent introduction to some excellent photography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Petric on August 6, 2012
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Excellent little book about this fantastic photographer. The prints and selection of photos are great. I am going to buy more from this collection - that offers affordable price, excellent quality and good overview the photographer's work.
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Saul Leiter is unquestionably a fantastic photographer, and someone who's work is a constant source of inspiration for my own street photography. This book doesn't really do him justice though. Its incredibly small, which I shouldve noticed by the specs listed, and is really just a teaser for his work. The price is the only real selling point for this book. So I can't complain.
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By Patrick on December 7, 2014
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I own Early Color and Early Black & White. This little book is a great and has a few photos not seen in the other books.
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