A Colorful Street Photography Secret

A Colorful Street Photography Secret

Read this Artsy story for a colorful street photography secret.

As New York’s famous mid-century photographers set out to capture the city in shades of black and gray, Saul Leiter
rendered its unassuming details in expressive color. Using temperamental expired film, Leiter saw the streets in sharp punches of red and vast seas of shadow. “Seeing is a neglected enterprise,” Leiter once said. A painter as well, he captured the impression of a place—figures, snow, fog, concrete, and lamplight—daubed, like brushstrokes.

Saul Leiter’s search for beauty is not only inspiring, but worth the study.

Feature photo: Saul Leiter, Red Umbrella, 1951, from “Early Color.”

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