Saul Leiter

Saul Leiter: The Art of Photography by Nigel Rumsey

I finally got around to watching Tomas Leach's documentary about Saul Leiter I mentioned last week. He's such an inspiring photographer, I love his use of minimalist composition and those amazing flashes of colour. I also watched the Art of Photography episode about Saul. Ted Forbes gives a great introduction to Saul's work, he explains what inspires him in the images. If you haven't seen the documentary this is a great introduction to the work.

In No Great Hurry: 13 lessons in life with Saul Leiter by Nigel Rumsey

I've been a fan of Saul Leiter's work for some time so when I finally got the opportunity to go to NYC over Easter last year I spent ten days walking around Manhattan sure that at any moment I was going to bump into the great man. You won't be surprised to hear I didn't. Since then In No Great Hurry a film, by Tomas Leach, about Saul's life has been released to great critical success and on 26 November last year Saul sadly passed away.

There have only been a couple of screenings here in the UK, neither of which I've managed to get to so I was pleased to see that the fim has now been released on DVD and download. I've downloaded my copy for the princely sum of $10 and the quality looks great.

If you're in the USA there more screenings scheduled, you can find the listing on the web site. I hope at some point it'll be shown again in the UK.

Saul's obituary in the New York Times.