Fed by thrilling recent discoveries from Saul Leiter’s vast archive, In My Room provides an in-depth study of the nude, through intimate photographs of the women Leiter knew. Showing deeply personal interior spaces, often illuminated by the lush natural light of the artist’s studio in New York City’s East Village, these black-and-white images reveal the unique collaboration between Leiter and his subjects.
In the 1970s, Leiter planned to make a book of his nudes, but never realized the project in his lifetime. Now we are granted a first-time look at this body of work, which Leiter began on his arrival in New York in 1946 and chipped away at over the next two decades. Leiter, who was also a painter, incorporates abstract elements into these photographs and often shows the influence of his favorite artists, including Bonnard, Vuillard and Matisse.
The prolific Leiter, who painted and took pictures fervently up to his death, worked in relative obscurity well into his eighties. Leiter preferred solitude in life, and resisted any type of explanation or analysis of his work. With In My Room, Leiter ushers viewers into his private world while retaining his strong sense of mystery.
As part of Benrido’s mini-portfolio series, Saul Leiter: Selected Works brings together a selection of well-known and well-loved images by American photographer Saul Leiter (1923 – 2013). Within, a selection of six images have been chosen from previously published bodies of work such as Cap, 1960, Driver, 1950s and Walk with Soames, 1958. This special portfolio was made in parallel to the Exhibition “Forever Saul Leiter” held at Tokyo’s Bunkamura Museum in January – March 2020.
Set of 6 multi colour collotype prints printed by Benrido, Inc.
Print Size: 25.4 x 20.3cm. Case Size: 20.6 x 25.8 x 0.8cm
In the 1880s, the collotype printing process was introduced to Kyoto and in 1905 Benrido began producing collotypes. Collotype is one of the earliest forms of printing techniques and was invented in France in 1855 by Alphonse Poitevin as a method for photographic fine art printing. Due to the high level of print and archival quality, it has since been used primarily as a way to reproduce and preserve Japan’s National Treasures and cultural properties. Today Benrido Collotype Atelier remains as one of only a few studios left in the world capable of producing fine colour collotype prints.
Saul Leiter had a planned to publish a book of nude portrait in the 1970’s, but it was never realised during his lifetime. Japanese-published photobook Women features many of Leiter's images of women, mostly nude. A large number of the images in the book have only recently been found from in the archives, and were previously unpublished.
Includes an essay in English and Japanese. Final few copies, with some rippling and edge wear to dustjacket. Missing obi band. See photo example.