Saul Leiter, The Photographer’s Gallery (to April 16)

An overdue retrospective of the late, great US lensman Saul Leiter (1923-2013). Defying his father’s wish that he should follow in his footsteps by becoming a rabbi and scholar, Leiter instead immersed himself in art history, escaping to New York in his twenties to pursue a creative career. He first became a fashion photographer but his work, encompassing street life, portraiture, still life, fashion and architectural photography, is as category-defying as his style – often contrasting blurred movement with the architecture of the city – is trailblazing. Though relatively little known over here, Leiter is massively influential in the worlds of photography and cinema – Todd Haynes, in particular, cites him as an influence on his films, including ‘Carol’. (Time Out, London)

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