The Getty Center
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Past Event

In 1946, Minor White relocated from New York City to San Francisco to become an instructor at the California School of Fine Arts. Shortly after his arrival, White established himself as the head of the program and developed new pedagogical methods for training photographers in the creative arts. White's own work during this period began to shift towards the metaphorical with the creation of images charged with symbolism and a critical aspect called "equivalency," meaning the invisible spiritual energy present in a photograph made visible to the viewer.

White also forged important relationships with noted photographers such as Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Rose Mandel, Lisette Model, Barbara Morgan, and Edward Weston. In 1952, he co-founded the seminal photography journal Aperture and became its editor. In 1954, White relocated to Rochester, New York to pursue opportunities as an assistant curator at the George Eastman House. White's rich and varied experiences in San Francisco were of vital importance to the development of his long and highly influential career.

In this lecture Susan Ehrens situates White within the tradition of photographic modernism that flourished in San Francisco after World War II and explores the ways in which he influenced the aesthetic and theoretical bases of the medium—as artist, educator, author, and publisher.

Susan Ehrens is an art historian, curator, and author with a focus on Modernist photography, particularly in California and the Bay Area. Ehrens organized the 2013 exhibition and publication The Errand of the Eye: Photographs by Rose Mandel for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She has conducted extensive research on San Francisco-based photographers including in White's circle during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Complements the exhibition Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit.

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