Photography: Saul Leiter: Early Color


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It's no surprise that Saul Leiter's street photography of the Forties and Fifties has a more painterly, less documentary feel than that of other members of theso-called New York School of photographers.

He began his career as an abstract painter, after all. In his introduction to this collection of Leiter's early experiments with colour – which is full of soft-focus textures, beguiling visual abstractions and half-glimpsed drama – Martin Harrison talks of "lyricism" and an "urban pastoral".

Above: Phone Call 1957.