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Leiter, Saul (Photographer); Sire, Agnes (Curator) & Other Contributors. SAUL LEITER: THE STEIDL EXHIBITION MONOGRAPH. Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 152 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective Exhibition Monograph. One of the most influential books on the photographic art and achievement of Saul Leiter. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Gerhard Steidl: Regular-sized volume format. Pale gray hard boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Saul Leiter. Text by Agnes Sire and other contributors. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Steidl in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark retrospective exhibition held at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson Paris in 2008. Presents, in its First Edition format, "Saul Leiter". The breakthrough-sequel to "Saul Leiter: Early Color" (2006). The two pioneering, and still most valuable, Steidl titles revived global interest in Leiter's work, and form the basis of his iconic status (and its attendant new book-per-year cottage industry) as the most important photographic re-discovery of our time. As such, the book is both revelation and confirmation of the photographer's achievement as a visual artist. Leiter saw - and rendered - everything he saw as layered, a multi-dimensional approach and vision that happily defied the inherent flatness of photography. The influence of Western painting is self-evident, and enabled Leiter to see The Street in a radically new and different way than all of the other great street photographers of his (and our) time: Instead of the hard-edged, flattened, and in-your-face imagery of say, Garry Winogrand (or Martin Parr today), Leiter's imagery is impressionistic, subtle, and lyrical, deploying a consistently understated palette that has resulted in some of the most beautiful photographic images we shall ever see. One of his signature subjects, winter in New York City, in reality, often bleak and messy, is transformed by Leiter into moments of sheer magic, with purity of vision and without nostalgia or sentimentality. "Being ignored is a great privilege. That is how I think I learned to see what others do not see and to react to situations differently" (Saul Leiter). An absolute "must-have" title for Saul Leiter collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Saul Leiter. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic, the breakthrough-sequel to "Saul Leiter: Early Color" (2006). The two pioneering, and still most valuable, Steidl titles revived global interest in Leiter's work, and form the basis of his iconic status as the most important photographic re-discovery of our time. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online are in multiple subsequent printings or have serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. 107 black-and-white and color plates. One of the greatest artist/photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SAUL LEITER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3865215874. $1000.00

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