This series of extremely touching, candid, sensual and delicate nudes of Leiter’s friends and lovers—Jay, Fay, Barbara and his great love, Soames—show us how the artist succeeded in balancing between eroticism and something close to the distinct dreamy atmosphere that characterizes his colour work.
In 2018, a long awaited book of Leiter’s nudes, In My Room, was published by Steidl. A selection of vintage and later prints of these images was recently shown at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin, among other venues. EAST 10th STREET, includes previously unseen images.
"From his arrival in New York in 1946 through the early 1970s, Leiter took thousands of nude pictures of his female friends and lovers. One of the great qualities of these images is the candid, spontaneous atmosphere. The women behave naturally in front of Leiter’s lens; they lie stretched out on the bed, looking slightly provocatively into the camera. Others are (un)dressing, masturbating or smoking a cigarette. During his lifetime, the artist rarely showed these images to outsiders." Read more: The Eye of Photography