RIP Saul Leiter

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just the fabric of his images is so romantic, i think. he's a really bold photographer, which i think is revealed in his more conventionally street work, but that it's filtered through this (literal) incredible lens, that it's fashioned so romantically, is this whole other distinctive layer

love mike love (ko komo) (schlump), Thursday, 28 November 2013 19:11 (eight years ago) link


After reading the obit I unfortch read Bremser's take. I think he has a really good eye but I almost never agree with his writing

Like many of his best shots, your first reaction is: Why did he take that? When he was shooting Kodachrome in the 1950s there was no way to make the perfect little book that “Early Color” is, so he was shooting for some future audience that would both have the technology to reproduce the slides, and appreciate how he saw.

Think this ascribes too much agency. Some people shoot and never intend to show

乒乓, Thursday, 28 November 2013 19:18 (eight years ago) link

I ashamedly put in an order for Early Color when I heard. It's something I should have done long ago

乒乓, Thursday, 28 November 2013 19:19 (eight years ago) link

really keen to see all of those books. i was dithering over interlibrary loaning his B&W volume a couple of days ago, seeing afresh the pic i posted above & remembering its existence. i am totally sad that i will never get to go catsit for him in his beautiful apartment now but otherwise i think it's a kind of nice opportunity just to think of him, that he got the flush of recognition of the past few years & that those images are part of our vocabulary, now - hewn in extinct tones, rich with this otherworldly step, some stylist from nowhere. he was one of the best i think.

love mike love (ko komo) (schlump), Thursday, 28 November 2013 19:36 (eight years ago) link

Never seen any of his B&W work but this came up on tumblr

乒乓, Friday, 29 November 2013 17:20 (eight years ago) link

oh his B&W work always looked unreal - this strain ^^ mostly but also a lot of kinda uncharacteristic, personal work, portraiture &c, not a million miles away from early/less goth emmet gowin

love mike love (ko komo) (schlump), Friday, 29 November 2013 19:02 (eight years ago) link

Teju Cole

乒乓, Wednesday, 4 December 2013 15:36 (eight years ago) link

Also ordered Early Color when i heard. Has been showing as unavailable on Amazon UK but my copy dispatched today.

michaellambert, Wednesday, 4 December 2013 17:30 (eight years ago) link

Book arrived. So good. The foreword's in French, but I can live with that.

michaellambert, Tuesday, 10 December 2013 22:43 (eight years ago) link

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