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Saul Leiter @ The Photographer's Gallery


This retrospective aims to firm up Saul Leiter's position in the history of photography. It's funny why some photographers are always seen as somehow peripheral figures even when they did something ahead of the curve and what they did was pretty good. But I'm not sure how easy it is to persuade the world (those few who are interested) to reconsider and then rank them more highly in their great scheme of things. There's always new people coming along so maybe they will buy into it more readily. Ernst Haas is probably in the same boat as Leiter. They might have been early colourists but it's always going to be Egglesgton and Shore (and to a lesser degree Sternfeld) who will be the go-to names. The difference is that along with the hues they arrived with a different world-view.