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Early Color

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Early Color

Early Color

Edition bilingue français-anglais

120 pages, parution le 17/11/2011 (3eme édition)


Although Edward Steichen exhibited some of Saul Leiter's color photographs at the Museum of Modern Art in 1953, for forty years afterwards they remained virtually unknown to the art world. Saul Leiter: Early Color provides the first opportunity to see a comprehensive presentation of images by one of photography's great originals. Leiter moved to New York in 1946 intending to be a painter and through his friendship with the abstract expressionist Richard Pousette-Dart he quickly recognized the creative potential of photography. Though he continued to paint, exhibiting alongside Philip Guston and Willem de Kooning, Leiter's camera became - like an extension of his arm and mind - an ever-present interpreter of life in the metropolis.

The semi-mythical notion of the "New York street photographer" was born at the same time, in the late-1940s. But Leiter's sensibility - comparable to the European intimism of Bonnard, a painter he greatly admires - placed him outside the visceral confrontations with urban anxiety associated with photographers such as Robert Frank or William Klein. Instead, for him the camera provided an alternative way of seeing, of framing events and interpreting reality. He sought out moments of quiet humanity in the Manhattan maelstrom, forging a unique urban pastoral from the most unlikely of circumstances.

None of Leiter's contemporaries, with the single and partial exception of Helen Levitt, assembled a comparable body of work in color. The lyricism and intensity of his vision come into fullest play in his eloquent handling of color: to the rapid recording of the spontaneous unfolding of life on the street, Leiter adds an unconventional sense of form and a brilliantly improvisational, and frequently almost abstract, use of found colors and tones. Leiter's visual language of fragmentation, ambiguity and contingency is evoked in Saul Leiter: Early Color by one hundred subtle, painterly images that stretched the boundaries of photography in the second half of the twentieth-century.

Edition bilingue français-anglais (Traduction de l'introduction en français).

L'avis du libraire

Etudiant en théologie et fils d'un rabbin renommé, S. Leiter décide à l'âge de 23 ans de se consacrer à la photographie. Ses images témoignent d'une capacité à voir, à mettre en évidence des choses mystérieuses dans des lieux familiers mais insolites. Il mêle le net et le flou, révèlant la recherche du point fixe, d'un point d'ancrage dans un monde où tout bouge.

L'auteur Saul Leiter

Saul Leiter was born in Pittsburgh in 1923, the son of a rabbi. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Baltimore Museum of Art; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and other public and private collections.

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Caractéristiques techniques du livre "Early Color"

Éditeur(s) Steidl
Auteur(s) Saul Leiter
Parution 17/11/2011
Édition  3eme édition
Nb. de pages 120
Format 20 x 20
Couverture Broché
Poids 780g
Intérieur Quadri
EAN13 9783869303529
ISBN13 978-3-86930-352-9

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