American photographer Saul Leiter died on Tuesday 26 November in New York, according to Roger Szmulewicz at Fifty One Fine Art Photography in Antwerp, Belgium.
Leiter, who was 89, had been ill for the past three to four weeks, Szmulewicz tells BJP. "I spoke to him just before Paris Photo and he was getting worse. It all happened quite fast."
Leiter was born in Pittsburgh in 1923 and moved to New York at the age of 23 to pursue a career as a painter. He was encouraged to pick up a camera by his friend, abstract expressionist painter, Richard Pousette-Dart.
by Gemma Padley