Göttingen/New York: Stiedl/Howard Greenberg Library, 2014. 1st Edition. 2 vol., quarto, publisher's light gray cloth, spines stamped in black, original illustrated dust jackets, illustrated paper slipcase.
First edition of this two volume collection of early black-and-white photography by celebrated New York School photographer Leiter, split into interior and exterior shots by volume. Leiter, a pioneer of color photography, began his career in the 1940s, working in and around his neighborhood in the East Village, capturing everyday scenes and the lives of outsiders and the anonymous, before making his name as a fashion photographer for Harper's Bazaar. “Leiter has forged and entire visual language for himself out of tentativeness, delicacy of expression, a habitual recognition of the ambiguous things. Though it is possible to find in Leiter’s photographs direct traces of the impact of other art…something always seems to be operating at a deeper level in tase images” (from volume two’s introduction by art curator and writer Jane Livingston, who also wrote a book on the New York School photographers). Fine in unclipped dust jackets. Item #4571