Minor White

Sunday, March 19th 2023

Minor White (1908-1976) was an American photographer, writer, and educator, known for his contributions to photographic modernism, as well as his work as an influential teacher and critic. He was a founding member of the photography magazine Aperture and served as its editor from 1952 to 1975.

White's work is known for its introspective and spiritual qualities, often exploring themes of nature, abstract forms, and the human figure. He was a pioneer in using photography as a tool for self-expression and self-discovery, and his work is recognized for its emotional depth and poetic sensibility.

Some of White's most important works include "The Temptation of St. Anthony" (1948), a series of images exploring the theme of spiritual temptation, "Sequence 12" (1950), a collection of abstract forms and patterns, and "Sound of One Hand" (1965), a series of Zen-inspired images.

Aside from his photographic work, White was also an influential teacher and mentor, teaching at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the San Francisco Art Institute, among others. He also authored several books on photography and taught workshops throughout the United States.