Saul LEITER, Snow scene, color as black and white Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1923 – 2013

Snow scene, color as black and white 1955 Creation Notes: printed c.1980
Materials & Technique: photographs, direct positive colour photograph

Primary Insc: Signed with signature date in ink on print verso
Dimensions: image 34.8 h x 23.0 w cm sheet 35.6 h x 27.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2000
Accession No: NGA 2000.385
Image rights: © Saul Leiter/Courtesy Hoard Greenberg Gallery

Although Leiter worked in both black and white and colour, it is his extensive body of 35mm colour photography that he is renowned for—work that has been enthusiastically rediscovered in recent years. It is characterised by a stillness and an unusual, often very abstract, compositional choices. He was part of the Abstract Expressionist group and his photographs reflect the influence of abstraction. They also have a distinct Japanese aesthetic, evident through the use of a subdued palette and extensive use of negative space. For Leiter, ‘the colour as much as anything else, is the subject of the photograph’.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra