Celebrated photographer Saul Leiter has died aged 89. Leiter eluded mainstream fame for most of his life, but his body of work, particularly his experiments in abstract street color studies in the middle years of the 20th Century are a continuing inspiration to new generations of photographers. A shy figure, Leiter is the subject of a new film, 'In No Great Hurry' about his life and work which was recently released.

According to the British Journal of Photography, Leiter, who was an accomplished painter as well as a photographer, died on Tuesday in New York after a short illness.

Why are we covering this? Although DPReview is primarily a gear site, it's run by photographers, and we're always sad when someone who has inspired us goes offline for good. 

Saul Leiter portrait © Roger Szmulewicz www.gallery51.com