Minor White

An influential teacher of photography and founding editor of the journal Aperture, White devoted himself to freeing camera imagery from the stigma of literalism. In his version of the photographic sequence, successive pictures bearing no immediately obvious narrative or reportorial relationship function like phases of a cinematic montage, spurring the viewer to develop an interpretation of the whole. This method licensed White to cast any given exposure in multiple roles, like a poet returning to a favored word, sound, or motif. The Princeton University Art Museum is the repository of the Minor White Archive.