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Saul Leiter: In No Great Hurry
I believe there is such a thing as the search for beauty.
— Saul Leiter

Saul Leiter (1923-2013) could have been lauded as the great pioneer of color photography, but was never driven by the lure of conventional success. Instead he preferred to drink coffee and photograph his own way, amassing an archive of gorgeous work that is now piled high in his New York City apartment.

A funny, intimate, and moving 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. 

…but disorder, there’s a certain kind of charm and comfort in disorder that not everyone appreciates. To know everything, is not good. To be in a state of pleasant confusion sometimes can be very satisfying, especially if you’re slightly crazy, but I must not let on that I know this.
— Saul Leiter
Mary Ellen Mark

studying and watching documentaries of master photographers is something i find myself doing when i have alone time. getting a glimpse into their thought process is intriguing and excites me. they all just do their own thing. they work hard. they don't give a shit about what's trending. admirable, isn't it?

I’m kind of a purist that loves reality.
— MARY ELLEN MARK

man, i would love the opportunity to attend her workshop and learn from her one day. ok, i'll stop babbling now so you can learn about this incredible lady, mary ellen mark...

a few things mary ellen said grabbed onto me:

"i'm kind of a purist that loves reality. and that's not the trend now." sad, yet true, isn't it?

"i think the most important thing in a photograph is just content." 

"the big thing was reality, you weren't allowed to change things in an image. now it's all about changing everything. and that's just not what i do, i mean, it's fine, you know, it's an illustration. i'm not an illustrator, i'm a photographer. so, that's the way it is." 

"having the courage to be able to have a point of view and an opinion about something. it's very important." 

"it takes years to develop a point of view."

"be deliberate."