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He’s a prolific, intelligent artist whose meditative and quietly observant persona is reflected in his street pictures of urban lives in passing. By turns self-effacing, wise, humorous and peevish, the 90-year-old Leiter is at his most poignant when remembering his long-term partner, the late Soames Bantry.
Leiter muses on religion, his scholarly but cold upbringing, age, art and relationships, while his take on photography is refreshingly free of ego: he doesn’t seek to control and believes taking pictures teaches us to stop and look. Broken down into 13 lessons in life, this is a gentle and melancholy film that, given his advancing years, could be Leiter’s swan song.