Saul Leiter is known for his enormous contribution in the area of color photography, distinguished by an overall hue and a painterly quality that stands out among the work of his contemporaries. In The New York School, Jane Livingston wrote, "The very fact that color becomes the subject of the photographs places Leiter's work in another realm-a realm that is unabashedly artistic." Leiter has said about his own photography: "I don't believe that black and white is sacred or that color is profane. In my own work they have both been equally important."
Leiter's work is featured in the book The New York School: Photographs 1936-1963 by Jane Livingston and in Appearances: Fashion Photography Since 1945 by Martin Harrison. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Baltimore Museum of Art; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and many other public and private collections. Starting in 2006 Leiter's work has experienced a surge of popularity after a monograph, Early Color, was published. Saul Leiter lived and worked in New York until he passed away in November, 2013.