Forever Saul Leiter

Bunkamura Museum of Art

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This event has ended.

※The exhibition period has been shortened. (Originally 2020/1/9–3/8).

The photographer Saul Leiter held a retrospective at The Bunkamura Museum of Art in 2017. This was his first retrospective in Japan, and it garnered significant attention. Leiter served as a leading fashion photographer in New York in the 1950s and 1960s, and when he was forced to close his commercial studio in the 1980s, he started focusing on his individual work, withdrawing from the public eye. A collection named Early Color that he published with Steidl Verlag in Germany in 2006 returned him to the limelight in the world of photography, then aged 82. The book became a worldwide sensation and ushered in many new opportunities for exhibitions and publications around the world. In 2012, he went on to appear in a feature-length documentary. This revival in popularity helped introduce Leiter to many more people, allowing a new generation to appreciate his brilliance. His natural-born sense for color composition led him to be known as a “pioneer of color photography.” Saul Leiter passed away in 2013, leaving much of his work unorganized, including some 80,000 prints, slides, and negatives. Operating today in the artist’s East Village studio, the Saul Leiter Foundation is engaged in veritable excavation work in order to sort his oeuvre.

This exhibition ventures into a vast archive of works that were as yet unearthed during the last exhibition, and features many unpublished pieces on display, including some being exhibited for the first time ever. Together with a rich collection of materials from his creative process, these new discoveries offer a fresh perspective on Saul Leiter and demonstrate his enduring appeal.


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from January 09, 2020 to February 27, 2020
Closed on 1/21 and 2/18.


Saul Leiter



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