Minor White lecture
Minor White provocatively declared “candid” photography a “dead end.” White’s alternative to the subject “caught unawares” was what he called the “camera-conscious” approach. In a lecture titled “From Expression to Creation: Minor White’s Staged Photography,” Todd Cronan, associate professor of Art History, discusses how White attempted to give narrative form to still photography. Looking closely at his 1948 handmade book of 32 photographs, “The Temptation of St. Anthony Is Mirrors,” Cronan argues that it was White’s early and longstanding engagement with the theater that fundamentally changed the course of his work. Moving from caught to conscious photography, White’s staged scenes opened up an influential course for the future of photographic practice.