Saul Leiter: pioneer of colour photography

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Though photographic art historians consider that William Eggleston's legendary colour show at the MOMA in 1979 was groundbreaking for the acceptance of colour photography, Saul Leiter is one of the true pioneers of colour and abstract photography. He started shooting in colour in 1948.




Saul Leiter treated the use of color in his photographs of the street and his surroundings as a painter of his time (1940s) would have done,  and  he helped lay the foundations for the development of the abstract notions of a photograph in the US.

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Nice find Gary, some really nice exmples of colour b&w colour abstraction, there were several potographers in the US, experimenting with abstractions around this time Aaron Siskind's 'the fragmentation of language is an example of b&w work that comes to mind and also Callahan, with color in the early 40's [ISBN 0-936554-002]

There was also the colour work of Oliver Gagliani

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