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François Halard - En Mémoire de Saul Leiter (Second Edition)

François Halard - En Mémoire de Saul Leiter (Second Edition)

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Lancement et signature du livre
le 12 février 2020 de 18h à 20h

En 2015, François Halard (n. 1961, français) a visité l’appartement presque vide de Saul Leiter dans l’East Village, deux ans après son décès, en 2013. Il prit des photos des murs décrépits, du placard vide, et de ce que Saul Leiter avait laissé derrière lui.

Saul Leiter (1923-2013) était un peintre et photographe américain dont le travail était profondément lié à l’East Village, le quartier où il a vécu pendant plus de cinquante-cinq ans. Sa photographie parfois abstraite, toujours émouvante, constitue un enregistrement de scènes de rue en noir et blanc et en couleur. Après la sortie d’un premier livre en 2006, cinquante ans après avoir commencé à travailler, Leiter a été considéré comme un pionnier dans la photographie en couleur, même s’il aurait détesté l’utilisation du mot ; il s’est juste trouvé avoir son appareil photo avec lui, jamais particulièrement l’intention de prendre des photos comme il l’a expliqué dans le documentaire 2011 In No Great Hurry : « Je ne sais pas si je vais obtenir ce que je vais obtenir ».

Launch and signing of the book
February 12, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm

In 2015, François Halard (b. 1961, French) visited late Saul Leiter’s almost empty apartment in the East Village, two years after his passing, in 2013. He took photographs of the decrepit walls, the empty closet, and of what Saul Leiter had left behind.


Saul Leiter (1923–2013) was an American painter and photographer whose work was deeply connected to the East Village, the neighborhood he lived in for over fifty five years. His sometimes abstract, always soulful, photography constitutes a record of street scenes in both black & white and color. After the release of a first book in 2006, fifty years after he started working, Leiter has been considered a pioneer in color photography, even if he would have resented the use of the word; he just happened to have his camera with him, never particularly planning to take photographs as he explained in the 2011 documentary In No Great Hurry: « I don’t know if I’m going to get what I’m going to get ».

François Halard somehow manages to catch the spirit of Saul Leiter, turning the pages you feel he might appear in the next spread. Or at least his cat will. But the space remains beautifully empty. Except for the bodies and people present in the photographs he left behind which François Halard photographed as part of the interior. This might be the most surprising element yet; bodies and people appearing in François Halard’s photography, most of the time strictly uninhabited. They are Halard’s homage to Saul Leiter. 

23,5 cm x 28,5 cm. 64 pages. 45 color plates. Offset printed clothbound hardcover. Linen thread bound. Black headband. Authentic tip-in image on front cover with typography on front cover, spine and back cover in black foil.

Second edition:
ISBN 978–91–88113–36–8

Published in 2020.

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