Property Sold to Benefit APERTURE FOUNDATION FOR
PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE VISUAL ARTS
Since 1952, Aperture has published a quarterly photography journal with a keen eye towards communication, education, social awareness and artistic endeavor. Central to Aperture's initial success was its founding editor, the photographer and teacher, Minor White. Together with Ansel Adams, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall, Melton Ferris, Dorothea Lange, Ernest Louie, Dody Warren and Barbara Morgan. White established a new forum for the publishing of fine photography.
Minor White's first work in photography came in the late 1930s, when he joined the Oregon Camera Club in Portland and later with several projects for the WPA. Prior to photography, White developed a strong interest in writing poetry, which continued throughout his life, becoming an integral part of his photographic work.
In 1945, after serving three years in the Army, White traveled to New York, where he enrolled at Columbia University and studied with the art historian, Meyer Schapiro, who helped to futher his ideas about philosophy and art. In the following year, White met Berenice Abbott, Harry Callahan, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand and Alfred Stieglitz. Stieglitz had a profound impact on White's development through his use of sequencing images and ideas on equivalence.
In the late 1940s, White began as a teacher at the California School of Fine Arts with Ansel Adams, where he was introduced to Adams' techniques of large format, "straight" photography. In California, White met Edward Weston who, along with Adams and Stieglitz, had the the greatest influence on his work. In 1955, he joined the teaching staff of the Rochester Institute of Technology where he remained until 1965. During the 1960s and well into the 1970s, White continued to hold workshops and curate exhibitions, sharing his philosophy of photography and creative expression. White's influence as a teacher grew when he was appointed to a position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965, where in the next several years he helped to build the photography program, much as he had at the California School of Fine Arts. In 1970, the Philadelphia Museum of Art organized a one man show of his work including over 200 images from the 1968 monograph Mirrors Messages Manifestations. (See: Christie's New York, October 3, 1996, Lots 116-126 for a previous group of Minor White's work sold to benefit Aperture Foundation.)
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Lots 388-396 may be exempt from sale tax, as set forth in the sales tax notice at the front of this catalogue.