Saul Leiter: Iconic Street photography visits Milton Keynes.

A digital camera capturing a colourful scene of city lights reflecting against a puddle of water.

“A glorious survey of an impressionist with a camera” – The Guardian ★★★★

In the heart of Milton Keynes, an extraordinary exhibition awaits, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the captivating world of Saul Leiter’s street photography. Through his lens, Leiter didn’t just capture moments but painted them, infusing ordinary scenes with an otherworldly beauty that continues to inspire and intrigue audiences worldwide.

Who is Saul Leiter?

Born in Pittsburgh in 1923, Leiter moved to New York City in the 1940s, where he embarked on a journey that would redefine the art of photography. While his contemporaries were focusing on the harsher realities of urban life, Leiter found poetry in the everyday. His talent being in in his ability to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, transforming mundane street scenes into mesmerising works of art. 

At the heart of Leiter’s work is his innovative use of colour. Long before colour photography became mainstream, Leiter embraced it, using it not merely to depict reality but to evoke emotion and atmosphere. Each photograph Leiter takes is a symphony of colour, a visual feast that transports viewers to a time forgotten.

“I said to a friend of mine recently that a window covered with raindrops interest me more than a photograph of a famous person

Saul Leiter

An Unfinished World

MK Gallery’s exhibition offers a comprehensive look at Leiter’s work, showcasing both his iconic photographs and lesser-known works. From his early black-and-white images to his later experiments with colour, visitors are taken on a journey through Leiter’s evolving artistic vision. Each photograph is accompanied by insights into Leiter’s process, allowing viewers to gain a better understanding of the man behind the lens. 

For anyone with a passion for street photography or a love of art, ‘An Unfinished World’ at MK Gallery is must-see. It is a rare opportunity to witness firsthand the work of a true master, whose influence continues to resonate with artists and enthusiasts alike. So come, step into Saul Leiter’s world, and prepare to be captivated by the soul-stirring beauty of his street photography. 

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