Minor White (1908–1976) was an influential photographer, teacher, curator, publisher, and photography essayist who distinguished “taking photographs” from “making photographs.” He displayed an early interest in photography, literature, and poetry, and as an adult he studied philosophy, art history, and world religions.
One of the key figures of American postwar Modernism in photography, White viewed his individual photographs as integral pieces of lyrical series, which constantly evolved over time. Minor White: Poetic Form articulates White’s theories of sequence and serial—deeply influenced by his interpretation of Zen philosophy—through his complete Intimations of Disaster sequence, presented alongside 20 iconic images and incomplete clusters from other sequences, emphasizing the play between singularity and synchronicity in his work. The selection is drawn entirely from the MFAH collection.
This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.