Magazine article The New Yorker

Hidden Depths

Magazine article The New Yorker

Hidden Depths

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When Leiter agreed to work for Harper's Bazaar, in 1958, he said, with characteristic modesty, "I thought that maybe fashion was something I could do." All he needed was the mix of glamour and drama he brought to this untitled image, photographed circa 1955.

When the photographer Saul Leiter died, in 2013, just shy of his ninetieth birthday, his East Village apartment was stacked with boxes of pictures. Because recognition, and a bracing shot of fame, had come to him late in life, he'd only begun to rouse himself from contented obscurity and sort through decades of uncatalogued work. In Leiter's last years, previously unseen photographs, many of New York in the nineteen-fifties and sixties, appeared regularly in exhibitions and publications, but they were only a fraction of what has come to light since his death, including the images on these pages. …

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