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Saul Leiter: Early Color

Main Gallery

December 9, 2005 – January 21, 2006

Press Release

Howard Greenberg Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Saul Leiter Early Color, featuring Leiter’s photographs from 1948 to 1960 in the Main Gallery and a selection of his early work in black and white in the South Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a new monograph, Saul Leiter Early Color, published by Steidl & Partners. Saul Leiter was born in Pittsburgh in 1923, the son of a rabbi and distinguished Talmudic scholar.  Leiter’s interest in art began in his late teens, and in 1946, when he was 23, he left the theological college he was attending in Cleveland and moved to New York City to pursue his painting.  That year he met the Abstract Expressionist painter Richard Pousette-Dart, who was experimenting with photography.  Leiter’s friendship with Pousette-Dart, and soon after with W. Eugene Smith, and the photography exhibitions he saw in New York, particularly Henri Cartier-Bresson at the Museum of Modern Art in 1947, inspired his growing involvement with photography.