There are too few DVDs and films about artists or photographers. This is a great shame as they generally only get their rightful publicity when they die. I am so pleased that there is a recent DVD on Saul Leiter.
The DVD is a portrait on the photographer in his senior years and does cover his ;last 50 years, his photos and his philosophy. Its entertaining but also a sad indictment on the way we ignore artists and Saul Leiter is an artist. His surreal and abstarct work really should be better known and applauded. He is unique in my eyes.
I enjoyed the DVD and welcome it and wish there were more.
Saul Leiter (1923-2013) was a modest man who investigated the streets of his native New York through his camera lens. His 1940's and 1950's photographs, using out of date colour film have immense presence; composition, subject, quirky point of view and the chemical process have created a unique catalogue from this period. This film by Thomas Leach explores the daily, and at times disorganised, life of this quiet giant of photography. Watch and be inspired.
This is slow and thoughtful film, like Saul Leiter himself. The photography is in the spirit of Leiter's own realist/impressionist pictures. Viewing requires a patient , peace attitude and a giving over of oneself to the pace of the subject.
A slow, gentle view of the artist. The camera follows him around and you get occasional comments from the people around him. He seems gently amused by the process. The pace is old man slow, it would be great to be able to contrast this with his working approach when Leiter was younger. You get a strong sense of how much his late wife contributed to his life and how now he has to rely on other helpers to manage his affairs, which again, he find gently amusing.
Quite easily my favourite photographer. A nice snippet of an amazing artist in his later years....as another reviewer points out too little too late...Lovely gentleman who deserved more acknowledgement for his work while alive.
This is not absolutely a documentary about photography. This is a movie about an old master of photographer who mainly talks (with commendable understatement) about his life and his way of seeing the world. Really moving.
Superb. The title is mirrored beautifully in the slow pace of the film and Saul's speech. If you are running on high octane you may be impatient during the early sections but as you wind down you will relax and find yourself smiling with this lovely gentle-man. On the other hand, the pictures are inspirational and will recharge your photographer batteries. Watch at least twice and please do not miss the additional material - the music section with the slide-show of pictures is a delight.