“In infinite ways the charming photographs in this book portray the story of an artful and mysterious life.” —Margit Erb, director of the Saul Leiter Foundation
After Saul Leiter retired from commercial photography in the 1980s, stepping down from center stage, he immersed himself in a slow-paced private world, occupied with painting pictures and taking photographs. Throughout his life, Saul Leiter would earnestly inquire into what it was that constituted true happiness for him, removed from the conventional notions of wealth and fame. But in 2006, Leiter was drawn once again into the limelight when his photobook Early Color was issued by the German publisher Steidl. With its release, Leiter, who was past 80 at the time, was immediately recognized as a pioneer of color photography.
Until his death in 2013, Leiter continued to live quietly as he always had in his apartments in New York City’s East Village, which also served as his atelier.
Fine art photographer Yumiko Izu, who met Leiter in the last years of his life, first began to photograph the interior of his apartments three weeks after his death. She continued to intermittently take photographs for this project through 2019. Izu, whose work is often nuanced with underlying themes of life and death, has artfully captured this lesser-seen side of Leiter with a quiet sensibility. Created from a place of deep respect for the artist, her photographs project a beauty that helps to reveal the soul of the mysterious Leiter.
The photobook Saul Leiter: In Stillness is a study of spaces dense with Leiter’s lingering presence in which the many stories of his unhurried life are brought into beautiful relief.
Size: 11.8 x 8.7 inches
Publication Date: 2020
Signed by the artist
Available from the gallery for $50