STUDIOCANAL and Somerset House have announced a photography display in celebration of the release of Todd Haynes’ CAROL, which opens in cinemas on 27th November, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

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Showcasing the stunning photography of Saul Leiter (1923 – 2013) alongside specially selected stills from the film, “Through A Lens: Saul Leiter and Carol” was installed on Thursday, 19th November and will remain on public display at Somerset House until 10th January 2016.

Leiter’s glancing yet intimate street photography was a key inspiration to CAROL’s Director, Todd Haynes, and Cinematographer, Ed Lachman, when researching the look and feel of the film.

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Leiter made an enormous and unique contribution to photography with a highly prolific period in New York City in the 1940s and 50s. His abstracted forms and radically innovative compositions have a painterly quality that stands out among the work of his New York School contemporaries. Well-known for his color work, Leiter’s earliest black and white photographs also show an extraordinary affinity for the medium. His distinctive imagery stems from his profound and touching response to the dynamic street life of New York City.

Curated by Zelda Cheatle, the exhibition will be located in The Great Arch Hall.  With close proximity to the River Thames the contemporary space is an impressive entrance point to Somerset House, formerly the entrance for the Navy Commissioner’s Barges.


STUDIOCANAL will release CAROL in cinemas nationwide on 27th November, 2015.