Untitled (Stony Brook State Park, New York)

Untitled (Stony Brook State Park, New York)
Minor White (American, 1908-1976)
Gelatin silver print 
Image: 8-7/8 x 11-5/16 in. (22.5 x 28.6 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. Shirley C. Burden, in memory of Flobelle Fairbanks Burden 
Accession Number:
Not on View

(Stony Brook State Park, New York, 1960)

Minor White was an artist, theoretician, educator, editor, and critic. In 1946, Minor White met Alfred Stieglitz and embraced his concepts of "straight" photography and "Equivalence." Straight photography was an aesthetic idea based on the direct recording of images without manipulative techniques. White extended the idea of Equivalents technically and conceptually. He believed that when a photograph functions as an Equivalent, "the photograph acts as a symbol or plays the role of a metaphor for something that is beyond the subject photographed." In the 1940s White began organizing his photographs into "sequences." Single prints are arranged in series so that each photograph borrows significance from the others to make a unified statement, encouraging an interpretation beyond the scope of a single image. White organized the photographs in terms of the emotions and feelings produced by the images and the relationships between them.

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