New York Reflections
MUSEUM Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam
DATE VISITED January 10, 2012
“I like the idea that simple and unimportant things can be a source of great beauty,” Saul Leiter is being quoted on a wall in the JHM.
Saul Leiter (1923-2013) was photographing New York’s street scene in his own way. Often in reflective glass, blur, contrasts, shadow or partly covered by cloths or umbrellas.
Restrained, with lyric and feeling for the everyday. Very beautiful in black and white ánd in colour. He discovered colour just by discovering that these films were being sold in a shop.
Saul was rediscovered very late. In a video, he speaks of his life in poverty in which the gas was shut off, or what difficult it was to take pictures if the camera is at the pawnshop, or even when all equipment from his studio was taken in custody by the tax authorities.
(pics made with an old smartphone, sorry)