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In no great hurry

Last night I saw the documentary “In No Great Hurry” on Saul Leiter, an America photographer who can be considered as a pioneer in colour photography. He began shooting pictures in the 1940s in black and white, but moved to colour photography in the 1950s.

Most of his colour photographs document street live in New York and are often abstract, occasionally blurry. Some feel like a photography equivalent of Edward Hopper. What strikes me most is that a lot of his pictures are the kind of images you might throw away because they aren’t perfect. And it’s the imperfection that makes them great.

As an aside, Leiter took up colour photography because after developing the images came back ready to use in a box (slides). I like that.

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