check out these two amazing photographers,
SAUL LEITER Vs. LUIGI GHIRRI
for, R. Slaughter*
1923 - 2013
1923 - 2013
Saul Leiter was born in Pittsburgh in 1923. After attending the Telshe Yeshiva Rabbinical College in Cleveland, Ohio Leiter moved to New York to pursue painting. Saul received no formal training, but has gained renown for his street photography. Leiter originally moved to New York in 1946 to become a painter, though he quickly became attracted to the potential of photography, taking to the streets to shoot black-and-white images. His career took a turn for the better when Edward Steichen discovered and exhibited his work at the Museum of Modern Art. In the 1950s and ’60s, Leiter was widely known as a fashion photographer; he made color photographs for his own pleasure, and kept these to himself until the 1990s. Leiter would purchase inexpensive color film past its expiration date, embracing the chemical mistakes that would result on his final prints. As such, his photographs are known for their abstract elements.
His photographic work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Saul Leiter Exhibition
S. L. circa 1970's
S. L. circa 1990's
S. L. circa 2000
1943 - 1992
Luigi Ghirri was an Italian photographer who, beginning in the 1970s, produced pioneering color photographs of landscape and architecture within the milieu of conceptual art. Ghirri’s photographs are presented with a deadpan, often ironic wit and always consider the tenuous balance between people and their surroundings. He worked in series, photographing parks, beaches, and urban scenes of his native Italy, producing modestly sized, meticulously made prints. His use of color has been lauded for its capacity to express “both prescience and nostalgia” in its distinct encapsulation of the first wave of color photography. Ghirri established his reputation with documentary-meets-surrealistic snapshots of contemporary Italian life. Ghirri’s small prints appear modest, but their cinematic qualities and whimsical perspectives hint at the dualities and contradictions of everyday life. Washed-out colors evoke memories, which Ghirri uses to explore the hidden details in banal scenes.
luigi ghirri exhibition
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