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
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’.
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