Saul Leiter was an American artist and early pioneer of color photography. With distinctive imagery suffused with painterly qualities, his work represents an oblique mélange of New York’s streets, architecture, and inhabitants. “A window covered with raindrops interests me more than a photograph of a famous person,” the artist said. Born on December 3, 1923 in Pittsburgh, PA, Leiter left Jewish theological study at 23 and moved to New York to pursue painting. Largely self-taught, Leiter’s colleague Richard Pousett-Dart encouraged him to try his hand at photography, leading to a lifelong career spent documenting his East Village neighborhood. He chose to shoot in color in the 1940s, well before other art photographers adopted the medium.