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Two Barns and Shadow
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Barnacles
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Cobblestone House
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Storm on lake Livingston
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Untitled

Minor Martin White (July 9, 1908 – June 24, 1976) was an American photographer born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His were often photographs of barns, doorways, water, the sky, or simple paint peeling on a wall: things usually considered mundane, but often made special by the quality of the light in which they were photographed. One of his more popular photographs is titled Frost on Window, a close-up of frost crystals on glass. The specific objects themselves are of secondary importance either to the photographer or the viewer. Instead, such a photograph captures a sentiment or emotionally symbolic idea using formal and structural elements that carry a feeling or sense of “recognition”: a mirroring of something inside the viewer. White was a closeted bisexual man and felt tormented through much of his life by his then socially-unacceptable feelings for young men. Much of this erotic turmoil expressed itself in his post-war subject matter and style, and in his spiritual search for peace and simplicity. Several of his photographs of male nudes are considered to be the masterworks of the genre, but were only published in 1989. On his death White was hailed as one of America’s greatest photographers. He is remembered largely for his ideas about the spiritual in photography.
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Moon And Wall, Encrustations – Pultneyville, New York
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Movement Studies Number 56
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San Mateo County Coast, California
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Windowsill Daydreaming

Minor Martin White (July 9, 1908 – June 24, 1976). Fotógrafo, profesor, editor y crítico estadounidense. Considerado heredero artistico directo de Ansel Adams. Nació en Minneapolis, Minnesota en 1908. Estudió botánica en la Universidad de Minnesota en el 33 y trabajó varios años en diversas ocupaciones antes de dedicarse plenamente a la fotografía de la que simpre se sintió atraido. Fue completamente autodidacta y partidario de un enfoque directo y documental en sus primeros trabajos. Funo de los fotógrafos más influyentes de la segunda mitad del siglo XX, además de un reconocido profesor, crítico y editor. Homosexual en un momento en que la homosexualidad estaba estrictamente perseguida en U.S.A. Las imágenes fotográficas que Minor White nos ha legado son el testimonio de la importancia de lo sencillo, los graneros, las puertas, el agua, el cielo, o una simple pared, aquellas cosas a las que no solemos prestar atención y que el logra hacernos ver bajo nuevas formas, envueltas por la calidez de la luz con que fueron fotografiadas.