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Painted Nudes

by Saul Leiter and Mona Gainer-Salim Sylph Editions
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Hbk 160 pages
AU$112.00 NZ$114.78
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Saul Leiter’s prolific career as a photographer spans seventy years. Since the publication of Early Color in 2006, his work has found widespread acclaim, leading to a series of exhibitions throughout Europe and the US, including a 2012 retrospective at Deichtorhallen in Hamburg.

But Leiter was more than a great photographer; he was - and always had been—a prolific painter, though this side of his creative life has received far less attention. One strand among his paintings is noticeable: the art of painting over prints of nudes that he himself photographed and printed.

This long overdue book sheds light on the vitality and originality of Saul Leiter’s art and his mastery of color.

Naked Intensity - Mona Gainer-Salim
Painted Nudes
About the Author
A Note on the Works Published

"This new volume, a welcome addition to the Leiter canon, showcases a hitherto little-known aspect of his oeuvre: the painted photograph. . . . From a subtle soaking of colour to a rapidly applied fiesta of brush strokes, the application of textured layers of vibrant pigment or translucent wash creates real emotional depth in the images.  The sheer exuberance of creation is shown in his frequent  reworking of the images (sometimes over decades). Leiter’s reworkings also reveal his tenderness towards the photographed subjects."
Saul Leiter (1923-2013) was a painter and photographer. Monographs of his work include Early Color and Early Black and White.