I thought I’d begin 2020 as I ended 2019 – writing in French!
Why? I have no idea.
Plus, it’s a tad late for New Year salutations.
I’ve wanted to write a post about Saul Leiter for many a moon.
Why? I have no idea.
Wait, I do. Because I love his work, that’s why. And I thought it only right and proper I shared the love.
I am intrigued by his voyeuristic style. Apart from Leiter being a pioneer of early colour photography, he managed to capture slices of the Big Apple’s social and cultural life in 1940s and 50s America. I think the compositions are very cinematic and each character could inspire a short story.
He said his early influences were the Impressionists Degas, Bonnard and Vuillard. But I’d venture to chuck Toulouse-Lautrec into the pot as well.
And he wasn’t just a dab hand at photography. He was pretty good at dabbing with a paint brush too. (Quite a few of his paintings are over-painted photographs.)
I’m not going to blather on giving you his life story, you can do that here. I just want to show you some pretty pictures. So, here you go…
There’s an exhibition on at Manchester Art Gallery showcasing some of the greatest photography in the world, called 100 Years in Vogue.
If you like photography – you’ll love it.
If you like fashion – you’ll love it.
If you’re an art director – you’ll love it.
If you’re a graphic designer – you’ll love it.
If you’re a fashion designer – you’ll love it.
If you’re a textile designer – you’ll love it.
If you’re a magazine/layout designer – you’ll love it.
If you’re an illustrator – you’ll love it.
If you like art – you’ll love it.
I’m not really into fashion, (no shit, Sherlock), so I guess it appealed to the art director in me.
“The exhibition brings together vintage prints from the early twentieth century, ground-breaking photographs from renowned fashion shoots, unpublished work and original magazines. Images by leading twentieth-century photographers, including Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller, Irving Penn and Snowdon will feature alongside more recent work by David Bailey, Corinne Day, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Herb Ritts and Mario Testino.”
But you’d best get your skates on, it finishes on the 30th October!
(Oh, and it’s free in.)