By Ben Holbrook
“I am a person who likes to postpone things. I see no reason for being in a rush,” said American photographer Saul Leiter. And it was this unhurried approach, paired with his painterly eye, that saw him become one of the great pioneers of color photography. Leiter’s original intention when he moved to New York City in 1946 was to become a painter but, luckily for us, he instinctively began using his camera to interpret the everyday world around him.
Organized by the Saul Leiter Foundation and curated by Roger Szmulewicz of Gallery Fifty One in Antwerp, this retrospective exhibition features a large number of both color and black-and-white photographs that capture the energy and tone of New York in the ‘40s and ‘50s, as well as a collection of nudes and intimate portraits of the people Leiter met along the way. It is a rare treat for all visual art lovers in Barcelona.