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“I believe there is such a thing as a search for beauty’ (Saul Leiter)
'Saul LEITER could have been lauded as the great the pioneer of colour photography, but was never driven by the lure of success. Instead he preferred to drink coffee and photograph in his own way, amassing an archive of beautiful work that is now piled high in his New York apartment. An intimate and personal film, 'In No Great Hurry' follows Saul as he deals with the triple burden of clearing an apartment full of memories, becoming world famous in his 80’s and fending off a pesky filmmaker." (publisher's note)
As many of you may know, our friend Saul Leiter passed away on November 26th 2013 at his home in New York. He was 89.
Saul was an incredible influence on me, both as a filmmaker and a person. I feel extremely privileged to have spent the time I did with him, to share the endless coffees and conversations. He had a unique way of looking at things and sitting with him always left me feeling invigorated and inspired. For that, and for letting me into his world of pleasant confusion, I'll be forever grateful. He was a very funny, intelligent and generous man, who liked to tease me about all sorts of things, but always with just the right grin on his face.
I set out to make this film because I fell in love with Saul's incredible work. I hope now that people get to find out about not only his work, but what a great person Saul was and that in some way he lives on through our small film.
We'll miss him dearly.
There have been many touching tributes since Saul passed. Here are two that I thought were rather nice: New York Times & The New Yorker." (Tomas Leach, December 2013)
“A beautiful film about a lovely man” (The Times) - “Wonderful” (The Guardian)
"Le documentaire du jeune Anglais Tomas Leach n’a rien de trépidant. Le titre, "In No Great Hurry" ["Sans trop se presser"], en annonce le rythme. Il est à l’image de son personnage principal: "J’aurais pu avoir une plus grande carrière, mais j’ai préféré rester chez moi, boire un café et regarder par la fenêtre." Proche de Diane Arbus et de Robert Frank, Saul Leiter garde sûrement au fond de lui des histoires et des anecdotes dont on aurait pu se délecter. Mais il est l’auteur discret d’une réflexion universelle sur l’aspect dérisoire de la notoriété." (Polka Magazine)