The Art of Photography:Mike Mudd's Learning Log

The Art of Photography:Mike Mudd's Learning Log

Saul Leiter... a quiet sense of genius

General ReadingPosted by Mike Fri, April 05, 2013 21:23:47
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01rr458

Having just completed assignment 4, I came across the work of Saul Leiter in BJP, vol 60, Issue No. 7809, p.60. The delicate colour work and narrative producing framing in his street work is superb, and fits the nature of his personal story as a photographer very well. Mr Leiter is carefully yet casually presented by Tomas Leach as a much under appreciated man, who genuinely pursued his craft for the pure reason of his craft and not fame and fortune - A great standard if ever there was as to why any photographer records the scenes they do - a need to satiate the desire to record and capture frames of beauty derived from real scenes of all natures. There is a sublime nature to his images which causes a smile from the viewer and a flutter in the heart.

Finding Leiter's work at this point in TAOP - narrative is the next theme, is poignant, I admit to a yearning to create images which satisfy the narrative story.. but which have a sense of beauty - we shall see!

There is a recognisable sense of the William Eggleston's in Leiter's work - but with a lighter, less forboding view of the world.

Both artists are critical to my further use of colour, and in my words 'to use colour in a way that I enjoy black and white imagery...'

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