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Steidl

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Clth, 8 x 8 in. / 192 pgs / 85 bw.

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Catalog: SPRING 2016 p. 28   

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ISBN 9783958291034 TRADE
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Saul Leiter: In My Room

Foreword by Robert Benton.

Featured image is reproduced from <I>Saul Leiter: In My Room</I>.

An in-depth study of the nude, through intimate photographs of the women Saul Leiter knew and loved from the 1940s through the 1970s. The interior spaces here are deeply personal, illuminated by the lush natural light of the artist’s East Village NYC studio. Richard Rivera of The New York Journal of Books writes, “The images are lovingly and expertly reproduced in a broad dynamic range from delicate gray tones to rich blacks, and [it] is beautifully printed on heavy matte paper by master printer Steidl.” Part of the charm of this book owes to the fact that, although Leiter was known as a fashion photographer, "These quiet, intimate black-and-white photographs, which Leiter developed himself in his darkroom, were kept under lock and key during his lifetime." —L’Oeil de la Photographie. Vince Aletti may have said it best in Photograph magazine: "The book is an homage and a love letter."

The fruit of fantastic recent discoveries from Saul Leiter’s vast archive, In My Room provides an in-depth study of the nude, through intimate photographs of the women Leiter knew. Showing deeply personal interior spaces, often illuminated by the lush natural light of the artist’s studio in New York City’s East Village, these black-and-white images reveal a unique type of collaboration between Leiter and his subjects. In the 1970s Leiter planned to make a book of nudes, but the project was never realized in his lifetime. Now, we get a first-time look at this body of work, which was begun on Leiter’s arrival in New York in 1946 and honed over the next two decades. Leiter, who was also a painter, allows abstract elements into the photographs and often shows the influence of his favorite artists, including Bonnard, Vuillard and Matisse. Leiter, who painted and took pictures prolifically up to his death, worked in relative obscurity until he entered his eighties. He preferred to be left alone, and resisted any type of explanation or analysis of his work. With In My Room, Leiter ushers viewers into his private world while retaining his strong sense of mystery.
Saul Leiter was born in Pittsburgh in 1923. In 1946 he moved to New York to become a painter, but was encouraged to pursue photography by the photographic experimentation and influence of his friend, the Abstract Expressionist Richard Pousette-Dart. Leiter subsequently enjoyed a successful career as a fashion photographer spanning three decades, and his images were published in magazines such as Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and British Vogue. His work is held in many prestigious private and public collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Leiter died in November 2013.

Featured image is reproduced from Saul Leiter: In My Room.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

AnOther Magazine

Daisy Woodward

It is the clear sense of collaboration between subject and artist that makes these images so striking.

Guardian

The great photographer captured thousands of unguarded moments in his New York studio, finding beauty in surprising places.

Photograph

Vince Aletti

The book is an homage and a love letter.

New York Journal of Books

Richard Rivera

The images are lovingly and expertly reproduced in a broad dynamic range from delicate gray tones to rich blacks, and is beautifully printed on heavy matte paper by master printer Steidl.

Eye of Photography

These quiet, intimate black-and-white photographs, which Leiter developed himself in his darkroom, were kept under lock and key during his lifetime; only a few friends knew them. His female models were friends or lovers whom the artist portrayed in the everyday setting of his New York apartment; they were not professional nude models. As if in an act of conspiracy, they joined the photographer in playful collaboration to challenge the dualistic principle of voyeurism and exhibitionism.

Saul Leiter: In My Room

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/26/2018

Frail and beautiful and deeply human

Frail and beautiful and deeply human

Saul Leiter came to New York City in 1946, on the run from rabbinical school with dreams of becoming a painter. Instead, he took up photography, having some success in fashion, but remaining relatively obscure as an artist for most of his life. The body of work collected in this volume is intensely personal, Robert Benton writes, "a very private diary in which the pages have somehow gotten out of order." All friends or lovers, "the women in these photographs are unguarded; they are naked, not nude, not clothed with the invisible garb of 'art.' They are just out there, these women, frail and beautiful and deeply human." continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/25/2018

Psychological and erotic, "Saul Leiter: In My Room"

Psychological and erotic, "Saul Leiter: In My Room"

How we love Saul Leiter: In My Room, Steidl's long-awaited collection of the photographer's tantalizingly unselfconscious nudes. "Leiter's nudes have a spontaneous and romantic quality, like the scattered pages of a diary, or stills from early movies," Carole Naggar writes. "These women are completely natural in front of Leiter's camera, and uninhibited. They are waking up, taking a bath, applying lipstick or makeup, smoking the first cigarette of the day… They are dressing, undressing, pulling a skirt's zipper, unbuttoning a blouse, or simply daydreaming… Leiter's gaze is not that of the typical male: the women can be in turn shy, aggressive, or playful, but they always appear to be partners and full participants in a give-and-take, a dialogue, very aware of the photographer and the photograph that is being taken. In other words, these are not traditional nudes but rather portraits of women who happen to be in the nude. The psychological component is as strong as the erotic, in balance with Leiter's formal concerns." continue to blog


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