Photo Tony Cenicola
Saul Leiter
Photographer / Artist

Pioneer of street photography Saul Leiter (1923-2013) captured city life in mid-20th century New York City with an inimitable sense of composition, humour and grace, fusing aspects of fashion, documentary and architectural photography alongside portraiture and still life. A resident of New York for 60 years, the photographer applied this unique perspective both to the city’s inhabitants and to its inanimate subjects, investing as much personality in his depiction of a rain-splashed taxi cab or an obscured view through a window. Blurred movement, reduced depth of field and a painterly manipulation of natural light, shadow, shape and texture reproduce the sensation of navigating a busy metropolis. These attributes came to form Leiter’s vernacular of the city.

[The Photographers Gallery]

Saul Leiter
Photographer / Artist

Pioneer of street photography Saul Leiter (1923-2013) captured city life in mid-20th century New York City with an inimitable sense of composition, humour and grace, fusing aspects of fashion, documentary and architectural photography alongside portraiture and still life. A resident of New York for 60 years, the photographer applied this unique perspective both to the city’s inhabitants and to its inanimate subjects, investing as much personality in his depiction of a rain-splashed taxi cab or an obscured view through a window. Blurred movement, reduced depth of field and a painterly manipulation of natural light, shadow, shape and texture reproduce the sensation of navigating a busy metropolis. These attributes came to form Leiter’s vernacular of the city.

[The Photographers Gallery]

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    Oct 27, 2023 – Mar 10, 2024
    FOMU
    Antwerp, Belgium
    James Barnor: Studio of Life offers an overview of James Barnor’s (b. Ghana, 1929) remarkable career. His multifaceted and powerful images made him a photography pioneer. This exhibition not only showcases Barnor’s rich and diverse body of work but also examines the cultural connections between Accra, London and Antwerp. In 1949, Barnor launched his photography studio Ever Young in the Ghanaian capital of Accra. It grew into a pivotal meeting place for young Ghanaians who longed for freedom from British colonial rule. (more…)
  • Mikko Takkunen: Hong Kong
    Publication
    Kehrer Verlag
    International
    With his first photobook Hong Kong, The New York Times’ photo editor Mikko Takkunen captured one of the world’s greatest metropolises during a time of political uncertainty and the pandemic. As the city was still recovering from the aftermath of the anti-government protests of 2019, Takkunen began to concentrate on the purity of seeing and capturing the world anew. (more…)
  • Marguerite Humeau: Orisons
    Jul 29, 2023 – Jun 30, 2025
    Black Cube
    Hooper, USA
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  • Five Easy Pieces
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    Croy Nielsen
    Wien, Austria
    Time is sentient in Five Easy Pieces. Wrapped in their ardent and solemn thoughts these three artists say no more than is necessary. They speak a laconic visual language, for these inductive states are a feeling and a gesture marked by the implacable need to express the presence of a state of being, for a form cannot measure, nor words define the vastness of the ineffable. (more…)
  • Patrick Weldé: Freiheit
    Publication
    Goswell Road
    International
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  • Lydia Ourahmane: 108 Days
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    MACBA
    Barcelona, Spain
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