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Daily Archives: March 18, 2014

The Color Of Genius: Saul Leiter

Saul Leiter is a bit of a favourite of mine so imagine my joy when I found the excellent Faded + Blurred had a spotlight feature on him.

Some people say that photography is easy, that anyone can do it. You just have to have a camera and the ability to press the shutter. It seems that many photographers use the “spray and pray” method, hoping that if they click enough times they will capture something interesting and worthwhile. To me, that simply isn’t photography, at least it’s not what I would consider to be the art of photography. Producing photography that goes beyond snapshots into the realm of art is a skill. It takes a gifted person to be able to see elements such as color, shape, and composition all come together for that one perfect moment. As a photographer, especially a street photographer, you have to be able to anticipate the elements in your head, watch them come together in front of you, then take action. There isn’t time to think about what colors you want to use or what shapes or angles. You have to use what is right there in front of you and make it work. Knowing that moment and being able to take advantage of it is a gift and Saul Leiter has it…..READ MORE