Saul Leiter quotes

  • A window covered with raindrops interests me more than a photograph of a famous person,
    -- Saul Leiter

    #Raindrops #Window #Photograph

  • The important thing in life is not what you get, but what you throw out.
    -- Saul Leiter

    #Important #Life Is

  • Photography allows you to learn to look and see. You begin to see things you'd never paid attention to.
    -- Saul Leiter

    #Photography #Attention #Looks

  • I don’t have a philosophy. I have a camera.
    -- Saul Leiter

    #Philosophy #Cameras

  • I must admit that I am not a member of the ugly school. I have a great regard for certain notions of beauty even though to some it is an old fashioned idea. Some photographers think that by taking pictures of human misery, they are addressing a serious problem. I do not think that misery is more profound than happiness.
    -- Saul Leiter

    #School #Thinking #Ideas

  • I go out to take a walk, I see something, I take a picture.  I take photographs. I have avoided profound explanations of what I do.
    -- Saul Leiter

    #Profound #Photograph #Explanation

  • Seeing is a neglected enterprise.
    -- Saul Leiter

    #Neglected #Enterprise

  • There are the things that are out in the open and then there are the things that are hidden, and life has more to do, the real world has more to do with what is hidden, maybe. You think?
    -- Saul Leiter

    #Real #Thinking #World

  • I spent a great deal of my life being ignored. I was always very happy that way. Being ignored is a great privilege. That is how I think I learned to see what others do not see and to react to situations differently. I simply looked at the world, not really prepared for anything.
    -- Saul Leiter

    #Thinking #Being Ignored #Way

  • I think I’ve said this before many times—that photography allows you to learn to look and see. You begin to see things you had never paid any attention to. And as you photograph, one of the benefits is that the world becomes a much richer, juicier, visual place. Sometimes it is almost unbearable — it is too interesting. And it isn’t always just the photos you take that matters. It is looking at the world and seeing things that you never photograph that could be photographs if you had the energy to keep taking pictures every second of your life.
    -- Saul Leiter

    #Photography #Thinking #Interesting

  • I don’t have a philosophy. I have a camera. I look into the camera and take pictures. My photographs are the tiniest part of what I see that could be photographed. They are fragments of endless possibilities.
    -- Saul Leiter

    #Philosophy #Looks #Cameras

  • Max Kozloff said to me one day, ‘You’re not really a photographer. You do photography, but you do it for your own purposes – your purposes are not the same as others’. I’m not quite sure what he meant, but I like that. I like the way he put it.
    -- Saul Leiter

    #Photography #One Day #Purpose

  • If I’d only known which [photographs] would be very good and liked, I wouldn’t have had to do all the thousands of others.
    -- Saul Leiter

    #Would Be #Photograph #Very Good

  • I started out as a fashion photographer. One cannot say that I was successful but there was enough work to keep me busy. I collaborated with Harper's Bazaar and other magazines. I was constantly aware that those who hired me would have preferred to work with a star such as Avedon. But it didn't matter. I had work and I made a living. At the same time, I took my own photographs. Strangely enough, I knew exactly what I wanted and what I liked.
    -- Saul Leiter

    #Fashion #Stars #Successful

  • I leave these speculations to others. It’s quite possible that my work represents a search for beauty in the most prosaic and ordinary places. One doesn’t have to be in some faraway dreamland in order to find beauty.
    -- Saul Leiter

    #Order #Ordinary #Dreamland

  • In order to build a career and to be successful, one has to be determined. One has to be ambitious. I much prefer to drink coffee, listen to music and to paint when I feel like it… Maybe I was irresponsible. But part of the pleasure of being alive is that I didn’t take everything as seriously as one should.
    -- Saul Leiter

    #Coffee #Successful #Order

  • I have a deep-seated distrust and even contempt for people who are driven by ambition to conquer the world … those who cannot control themselves and produce vast amounts of crap that no one cares about. I find it unattractive. I like the Zen artists: they’d do some work, and then they’d stop for a while.
    -- Saul Leiter

    #Ambition #Artist #People

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