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C/O Berlin

Non-profit organization
Film . In No Great Hurry: 13 Life Lessons with Saul Leiter
  C/O Berlin cordially invites you ...

to the special screening of the film
In No Great Hurry: 13 Life Lessons with Saul Leiter

by Tomas Leach

on Sunday, 16 December 2012
at 5 pm

at the Postfuhramt
Oranienburger Straße 25-36

"I believe there is such a thing as a search for beauty." Saul Leiter

Saul Leiter is a flâneur, a pioneer of color photography, and a master in capturing the particular moods and atmospheres of urban life in all their ephemeral nuances. The unique sense of color in his works is evidence of a painterly sensibility, and his photographs taken of the streets of New York since the 1950s almost resemble paintings. His use of a blurred visual effect established a distinct and fundamentally new aesthetic. Saul Leiter shaped the development of street photography, as part of a broader movement that included abstract expressionism, film noir, Beat poetry, and new journalism. All but forgotten until a few years ago, Saul Leiter’s photography is currently being rediscovered.

An intimate and personal film by British filmmaker Tomas Leach, In No Great Hurry follows Saul as he deals with the triple burden of clearing an apartment full of memories, becoming world famous in his 80’s and fending off a pesky filmmaker.

Saul Leiter, born 1923 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, moved in 1946 to New York City to become a painter. The expressionist painter Richard Pousette-Dart and the photographer W. Eugene Smith encouraged him to pursue photography. In 1948, he began to experiment with color photography. Edward Steichen included his black-and-white photographs in the 1953 exhibition “Always the Young Stranger” in the Museum of Modern Art. In the late 1950s, his color fashion photographs were published in Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar. In the 1970s, he began working as a professional fashion photographer and his work was published in Show, Elle, the British Vogue, Queen, and Nova. A survey of his sixty-year photographic oeuvre was published by Steidl in 2008. Saul Leiter lives and works in New York.

Tomas Leach is a commercials and documentary director based in London. Having worked at Fabrica, Benetton's creative institute, he started directing work for BMW, Adidas, Chevrolet, Red Bull and others. Tomas Leach also creative directs a series called "Little Scraps of Paper", about creative people and their notebooks. "In No Great Hurry" is his first feature documentary.
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