The women in this book – whether anxiety-free and languorous or tired and undone – they have the autonomy to do as they please.
About this book
Saul Leiter was known as the pioneer of colour photography, but this collection of black and white photographs, it mostly features nude women doing the mundane and curious — changing clothes, lying in bed, smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee, arranging their hair, even masturbating. Throughout In My Room, Leiter strives to demonstrate just how unconcerned and liberated women are behind closed doors. There is a myriad of images in which they are utterly in the nude, embracing their womanhood in a manner that indicates they are not only calm but also basking in ecstasy. Leiter’s photographs succeed in their purpose overall: to unveil the unsheltered, unprotected side of humankind and emphasize the blessing of isolation. In one’s room, there is no reason for burden or worry. One does not have to check one’s self, making sure that one’s appearance or actions are appropriate for all audiences. The women in this book – whether anxiety-free and languorous or tired and undone – they have the autonomy to do as they please.