New York City

Wild Dreams Of A New Beginning

There’s a breathless hush on the freeway tonight
Beyond the ledges of concrete
restaurants fall into dreams
with candlelight couples
Lost Alexandria still burns
in a billion lightbulbs
Lives cross lives
idling at stoplights
Beyond the cloverleaf turnoffs
‘Souls eat souls in the general emptiness’
A piano concerto comes out a kitchen window
A yogi speaks at Ojai
‘It’s all taking pace in one mind’
On the lawn among the trees
lovers are listening
for the master to tell them they are one
with the universe
Eyes smell flowers and become them
There’s a deathless hush
on the freeway tonight
as a Pacific tidal wave a mile high
sweeps in
Los Angeles breathes its last gas
and sinks into the sea like the Titanic all lights lit
Nine minutes later Willa Cather’s Nebraska
sinks with it
The sea comes over in Utah
Mormon tabernacles washed away like barnacles
Coyotes are confounded & swim nowhere
An orchestra onstage in Omaha
keeps on playing Handel’s Water Music
Horns fill with water
ans bass players float away on their instruments
clutching them like lovers horizontal
Chicago’s Loop becomes a rollercoaster
Skyscrapers filled like water glasses
Great Lakes mixed with Buddhist brine
Great Books watered down in Evanston
Milwaukee beer topped with sea foam
Beau Fleuve of Buffalo suddenly become salt
Manhatten Island swept clean in sixteen seconds
buried masts of Amsterdam arise
as the great wave sweeps on Eastward
to wash away over-age Camembert Europe
manhatta steaming in sea-vines
the washed land awakes again to wilderness
the only sound a vast thrumming of crickets
a cry of seabirds high over
in empty eternity
as the Hudson retakes its thickets
and Indians reclaim their canoes

–  Lawrence Ferlinghetti 

Saul Leiter

“I LIKE IT WHEN ONE IS NOT CERTAIN WHAT ONE SEES.” – SAUL LEITER 

Saul Leiter was an American artist and early pioneer of colour photography. With distinctive imagery suffused with painterly qualities.

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Postmen, 1952

Saul Leiter - Driver, 1950s - Howard Greenberg Gallery

Saul Leiter - Parade, 1954 - Howard Greenberg Gallery

Saul Leiter - Walking, 1956 - Howard Greenberg Gallery

“Don’t Walk” by Saul Leiter, 1952. Published in ‘Early Color’ (Seidl, 2006)

Saul Leiter - Lanesville, 1958 - Howard Greenberg Gallery

Saul Leiter - Paris, 1959 - Howard Greenberg Gallery

Saul Leiter - Harlem, 1960 - Howard Greenberg Gallery

Saul Leiter - Through Boards, 1957 - Howard Greenberg Gallery

Saul Leiter - Foot on El, 1954 - Howard Greenberg Gallery

Saul Leiter: Red Umbrella (1958)

liquidnight: Saul Leiter Shopper, 1953. From Saul Leiter (Steidl)Leiter’s Carol Brown, Harper’s Bazaar (1958)

Saul Leiter Photography

Saul Leiter Photography

 

All images © Saul Leiter, courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

 

Bruce Davidson – Brooklyn Gang

In 1959, Bruce Davidson, the 25-year-old photographer embedded himself with a gang of teenage New Yorkers across Brooklyn Bridge to create a moving portrait of postwar inner-city youth culture.