http://nypost.com/2017/10/20/judge-rules-gallery-assistant-to-inherit-photographers-fortune/ Judge rules gallery assistant to inherit photographer’s fortune By Julia Marsh October 20, 2017 | 12:32am Saul Leiter PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images A decades-younger gallery assistant will inherit late photographer Saul Leiter’s $5 million fortune after a judge found that he disinherited his Orthodox Jewish family members because they didn’t approve of his bohemian lifestyle. Leiter, a pioneer of early color photography, left his native Pittsburgh, where his father was a renowned Talmud scholar, in 1946 at age 23 to pursue his dream of becoming an artist in New York City. He had his first showing at the Museum of Modern Art just four years later. Over the ensuing decades, his work was featured in fashion magazines like Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. His brother Abba Leiter objected to his will after Saul died in 2013 at 89. The 2008 document says, “I intentionally make no bequest for my brother Abba Leiter . . . not out of lack of affection but for reasons best known to me.” Abba Leiter claimed that his older brother’s friend Margit Erb, who worked at the Howard Greenberg Gallery, “fraudulently induced” him to leave her his fortune when he was too frail to object. But in a recent ruling, Manhattan Surrogate’s Court Judge Rita Mella sided with Erb — who is 40 years younger than the artist. Mella said she found no evidence that Erb had “disparate power and control over” Leiter.