A great piece on Saul Leiter – an almost forgotten photographer whose works I find deeply nostalgic, and in the most beautiful sense of the word: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-artist-dreamy-colorful-street-photography-secret-decades.
In a maybe deeply personal case of photographic-literary harmony, when I look at Leiter’s photos my inner voice whispers what Michael Chabon says of nostalgia; and when I read Chabon’s paragraph I see Leiter’s work out of the corner of my eye.
“Nostalgia, most truly and most meaningfully, is the emotional experience—always momentary, always fragile—of having what you lost or never had, of seeing what you missed seeing, of meeting the people you missed knowing, of sipping coffee in the storied cafés that are now hot-yoga studios. It’s the feeling that overcomes you when some minor vanished beauty of the world is momentarily restored, whether summoned by art or by the accidental enchantment of a painted advertisement for Sen-Sen, say, or Bromo-Seltzer, hidden for decades, then suddenly revealed on a brick wall when a neighboring building is torn down. In that moment, you are connected; you have placed a phone call directly into the past and heard an answering voice.”Michael Chabon, https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-true-meaning-of-nostalgia