Through the Lens: A Look Back at Saul Leiter

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In the first half of the 20th century, photographers shot in black and white. Of course, 35mm color film didn’t come onto the scene until Kodak released Kodachrome in 1935. Serious photographers shot in black and white. To shoot color was amateurish, and by the late 1940s, Saul Leiter was making color photographs of New York City. Over several decades, Leiter created a vision of the city through the most unlikely of moments. He passed on Tuesday, Nov. 26, and left behind a body of work that has a beautiful quietude, despite the nature of its metropolitan subject.

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