Who Influenced Saul Leiter

Recently while researching an episode that I’m working on (Saul Leiter, Early Black and White) – I found an interesting quote from an interview stating who Saul Leiter’s influences were.

He cited Edgar Degas, Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard. Saul was also a painter his whole life, though he’s less known for his painting work. I’m not sure if Saul knew this, but all 3 of the painters he named as influences were also photographers.

I think this creates an interesting thread of painters influenced by photography influencing another photographer who also paints.

In this video we’re going to explore some of the relationships I’ve found as well as look at the photography made by these master painters and how it relates to the early black and white images that Saul Leiter produced.

Links mentioned in this video:

Saul Leiter Early Color: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/3865211399/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=3865211399&linkCode=as2&tag=thepublbroa-20&linkId=4E7PZQIMUZ4ULKIS

Saul Leiter Early Black and White: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/3865214134/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=3865214134&linkCode=as2&tag=thepublbroa-20&linkId=LGHEGZEWTS6UQ6R6

Saul Leiter Interview (about influences): http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/postscript-saul-leiter-1923-2013

Saul Leiter: In No Great Hurry http://www.innogreathurry.com/InNoGreatHurry/Home.html


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  1. says

    Hello Ted,

    i am following your show for a few months now and it’s so interesting for a photography-newbie like me :-)

    Thanks for this second show about Saul Leiter – coincidently i wrote a short article on my blog this weekend (www.streetphotographycologne.com) on how i discovered the his work and how he already has and will influence my work. And as you might guess now – my first contact i had with Saul Leiter was your episode 164 from 2013 :-)

    All the best from Cologne, Germany,

    Sven Hoffmann

  2. simon says

    Brilliantly informative Ted..Once again you take us to a place that enriches our knowledge. Excellent presentation.