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Hardcover, 8.5 x 11 in. / 160 pgs / 75 color.

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Catalog: FALL 2022 p. 15   

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The Unseen Saul Leiter

Edited with text by Margit Erb, Michael Parillo.

The Unseen Saul Leiter

A thrilling trove of newly discovered color works from the photographer celebrated for his pioneering painterly vision

Now firmly established as one of the world’s greatest photographers, Saul Leiter (1923–2013) was relatively little known until the 2006 publication of Saul Leiter: Early Color, when he was already in his eighties. Choosing to shoot in color when black and white was the norm, Leiter portrayed midcentury New York’s street life with a gorgeous painterliness that evoked the sensuality of his Abstract Expressionist contemporaries Rothko and Newman. His studio in the East Village, where he lived from 1952 until his death in 2013, is now the home of the Saul Leiter Foundation, which has commenced a full-scale survey of his more than 80,000 works.
This volume contains works discovered through this project—specifically, color photography from slides never before published or seen by the public. It is edited by Margit Erb and Michael Parillo of the Saul Leiter Foundation, and is embellished with texts that describe how Leiter assembled his slide archive and how it is being catalogued and restored.
Saul Leiter was born in Pittsburgh in 1923. He pioneered a painterly approach to color photography in the 1940s and produced covers for fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, before largely withdrawing from public attention in the 1980s. The publication of his first collection, Early Color, by Steidl in 2006, inspired an avid “rediscovery” that led to worldwide exhibitions and the release of a documentary, In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter (2014). He died in New York in 2013.


PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Financial Times: How To Spend It

Baya Simons

The photographs and texture of the mundane movements of the city: a couple kissing on a rain-dampened bench, glossy taxis waiting in the street, the flash of a red dress.

Aperture

Randy Kennedy

These previously unpublished selections of 35mm slides confirm and extend the stubborn singularity of Leiter’s color language.

Esquire

Bill Shapiro

At a time when photos are disposable and Instagram gratification is coin of the realm, Unseen Saul Leiter is a book that will teach you a new way to see.

Guardian

Mee-Lai Stone

Leiter was a keen observer as life unfolded before him, somehow finding a way to reliably pluck a sublime split-second out of a mundane moment.

Guardian

Mee-Lai Stone

Leiter was a keen observer as life unfolded before him, somehow finding a way to reliably pluck a sublime split-second out of a mundane moment.

Boston Globe

Mark Feeney

There are hardly any notable color photographs from that era – other than Leiter’s. This makes his images of everyday Manhattan such a revelation: a black-and-white world turned into a sidewalk Oz.

Airmail

Julia Vitale

The book takes us into familiar Leiter territory—umbrellas, red dresses, rain-dappled windows—only to prove the man all the more remarkable for never seeing a thing the same way twice.

TIME

Kim Bubello

It is a revelatory and colossal archival project that allows even Leiter’s enthusiasts to discover him all over again.

The Unseen Saul Leiter

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/10/2022

Join us in December for ICP x Artbook | D.A.P.!

Join us in December for ICP x Artbook | D.A.P.!

Friends, we couldn't be prouder to be partnering this month with the ICP Bookstore at NYC's leading institution for photography and visual culture, the International Center of Photography. Throughout the month of December, we'll be celebrating our history in photobook publishing by highlighting new and classic photobooks from across our thirty year history, alongside an array of rare and signed books from our archive.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/10/2022

Artbook | D.A.P. & ICP present Margit Erb & Michael Parillo for the launch of 'The Unseen Saul Leiter'

Artbook | D.A.P. & ICP present Margit Erb & Michael Parillo for the launch of 'The Unseen Saul Leiter'

Saturday, December 10 at 3PM, please join Artbook | D.A.P. and ICP | International Center for Photography for the launch of The Unseen Saul Leiter, published by D.A.P. Authors Margit Erb and Michael Parillo of the Saul Leiter Foundation will present and discuss images from the book, followed by a Q&A and a reception in the bookstore.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/1/2023

Happy New Year… and many happy returns!

Happy New Year… and many happy returns!

Featured image is reproduced from The Unseen Saul Leiter—a labor of love that we are very proud to have published, drawn from the astonishing, overwhelming and previously unarchived, unpublished slide archive of the Saul Leiter Foundation. As we leave the year 2022 behind us (maybe more readily than we would have liked) and move with great optimism into 2023, we find inspiration in this anecdote from Saul Leiter Foundation director Margit Erb's essay. "Early one morning, around the time I was writing this text, I had a dream about Saul. I have had many recurring dreams since he passed, and not all of them good. Some of them are full of anxiety-provoking events, like his studio is full of water and his belongings are floating up to my chin while I frantically try to rescue everything. Or he has returned to the studio and really hates the clean windows, and then he starts packing everything up in a fury. But in this particular dream I see Saul, and I am falling over in my own tears, in happiness that he's back on the planet. My heart bursts with joy. We pat each other on the shoulder and cry and laugh sweetly. We feel content and peaceful together. And then I remember the book—this very book! My joy turns to pure excitement. 'You have to see the incredible images we found for your new book,' I say. 'So many, you won't believe it. We're in the final stages of selecting. There's still time to choose. Will you take a look?' At that point in the dream Saul just shakes his head and smiles. 'No,' he says, 'that won't be necessary. Surprise me.'" continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/3/2022

A trove of newly discovered color photos in 'The Unseen Saul Leiter'

A trove of newly discovered color photos in 'The Unseen Saul Leiter'

Featured spreads are from The Unseen Saul Leiter—new this week from D.A.P. The product of the Saul Leiter Foundation's recent full-scale survey of the 80,000+ works left behind in the photographer's East Village studio at the time of his death, this superb 160-page gem selects 76 of the most evocative, poetic images from approximately 10,000 slides that have never before been published or seen by the public. "I have spent much of my life bearing witness to Saul Leiter bearing witness," SLF founder and director Margit Erb writes. "I have looked through his camera eye. I have peered over his shoulder while he photographed and edited. And lucky for me, I have walked by his side on many journeys in the final years of his life. His images are so vividly set in my mind that I feel as if I have experienced the very moments they depict. Saul and I were close friends for over eighteen years, and his images have been orbiting around me for much longer than that. I am still endlessly surprised by his audacity, and that is precisely why I love him more than ever." continue to blog


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The Unseen Saul Leiter

THE UNSEEN SAUL LEITER

D.A.P.

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Saul Leiter: In My Room

SAUL LEITER: IN MY ROOM

STEIDL

ISBN: 9783958291034
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Pub Date: 7/17/2018
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Saul Leiter: Early Black and White

SAUL LEITER: EARLY BLACK AND WHITE

STEIDL

ISBN: 9783865214133
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Pub Date: 10/31/2009
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Saul Leiter: Early Color

SAUL LEITER: EARLY COLOR

STEIDL

ISBN: 9783865211392
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Pub Date: 1/15/2006
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