Hobonichi Weeks, Saul Leiter: Footprints c.1950, 2022
With this Weeks book, you can carry around a photo by American photographer and painter Saul Leiter (1923-2013).
The piece is called Footprints, and it captures a diagonal view of steps in the snow that form dotted lines. A red umbrella appears in this otherwise black and white world. This single photograph captures a brief moment of dramatic beauty amid daily life, and we’ve trimmed the shot to fit the size of the Weeks book. The cover has been constructed as a light, hardcover book with some give to it so it still bends. The center has the year 2022 imprinted.
As Saul put it, “I take photographs in my neighborhood. I think that mysterious things happen in familiar places. We don’t always need to run to the other end of the world.”
(Source: All About Saul Leiter)
Saul was born in Pittsburgh in 1923, and in the '50s he began work as a fashion photographer in New York. From the '60s to the '80s, he provided photography for magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Vogue (UK Edition), and more. In 1981, he closed his studio in New York’s 5th Avenue and distanced himself from commercial photography. He then proceeded to quietly take pictures around the neighborhood of his East Village apartment, producing photography that he didn’t show anyone.
In 2006, German publisher Steidl published his first photobook entitled Early Color. The incredible composition and sense of color in his works took the world by storm. At the time, he was an anonymous photographer over 80 years old, and overnight he became a household name.
This Saul Leiter cover embodies the appeal of focusing on a brief moment in an otherwise normal day, and you can enjoy your year ahead with this beautiful print.
Footprints, c. 1950
(c)Saul Leiter Foundation
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