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(Minneapolis1908 – Boston1976)


American photographer and theorist, Minor White is one of the great masters of XX century photography. 

He earned a degree in Botany from the University of Minnesota. He began his career in photography, first joining the Oregon Camera Club, then taking on assignments from the Works Progress Administration and exhibiting at the Portland Art Museum. He joined WWII as a soldier in Philippines, when he came back he studied History of Art at the Columbia University. From 1946 he started collaborating as a photographer with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

In the same years he is in touch with Beaumont NewhallNancy NewhallAlfred StieglitzHarry Callahan, and Paul Strand. In 1947 he joined the Photo League. In 1952, with Ansel Adams, the photographers Beaumonts, Nancy Newhall, and Dorothea Lange, he founded in San Francisco Aperture magazine. 

For the next six years, from 1953 to 1957 worked as a photographer at the George Eastman House in Rochester, the most ancient museum worldwide dedicated to photography. Soon he is called to run another important photography magazine: Image.

From 1955 to 1964 he taught Photography and Photojournalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and from 1965 to 1976 he taught at the MIT in Cambridge.  In 1970 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

He died in Boston at 68 yers old.



Sequence 13: Return to the Bud by Minor White- The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Minor White, Photographs- Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA


Minor White: The Eye That Shapes- MOMA- Museum of Modern Art, New York City


Minor White: Studio Guenzani, Milano


Minor White- una retrospettiva- Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena


Minor White- Osart Gallery, Milano


70 Years 70 Photographs- Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR




The Sense of Abstraction-MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY


Five Unrelated Photographers-MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY


The Photographer's Eye-MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY


Photography: Recent Acquisitions-MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY


Photography as Printmaking-MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY


Portrait Photographs-MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY


Photographer as Poet-Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Masters of the Camera: Stieglitz, Steichen and Their Successors-ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY


Photographes du XXe siècle: Stieglitz, Steichen et leurs successeurs-Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QCThe Great West: Real/Ideal-ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY


Photography of the Fifties: An American Perspective-ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY


Les choix de l'œil : la photographie depuis 1940-Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC


Les choix de l'œil : la photographie depuis 1940-Musee du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Rivière-du-Loup, QC


19th & 20th Century Master-ArtSpace - Virginia Miller Galleries, Coral Gables (Miami), FL


Legacy of Light-ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY


Master Photographs From the "Photography in the Fine Arts" Exhibitions, 1959–1967-ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY


Figure/Form: The Nude in 20th Century Photography-Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


American Surrealist Photography-MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY


Photography in Boston - 1955-1985-DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA Moodstruck - Photographs from the Permanent Collection - University Museum of Contemporary Art - UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA


The Nature of Still Life-Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna - GAM, Bologna (closed, 2007)


Warhol Explicitly Queer-Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY


Flesh Tones - 100 Years of the Nude-Robert Mann Gallery, New York City, NY


Super Hits of the '70s - Photographs from the Collection-Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WIGlorious Harvest - photographs from the Michael E. Hoffman Tribute Collection-Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA


Depht of Field-Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC Photographs by the Score: Personal Visions Twenty-Some Years Apart-The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago,IL

Multiple Exposures: Highlights From Csulb Special Collections-UAM - University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA


The Search to See II: Photographs from the Collection of Frederick B. Scheel-The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Photographic Formalities: From Ansel Adams to Weegee-Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL

Highlights from the Photography Collection-Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL

Photography As The: Eye Gym-AR Contemporary Gallery, Milan


Seeing Greene & Greene: Architecture in Photographs-Pasadena Museum of California Art- PMCA, Pasadena, CAThe Infinite Landscape: Master Photographers From The Umma Collection-UMMA - The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI Les Archives de l´Imagination-BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels


Scheinbaum & Russek Presents: Spring 2010-Scheinbaum & Russek LTD, Santa Fe, NM Paired Photographs -Indianapolis Museum of Art - IMA, Indianapolis, IN 

Beyond Beauty: Photographs from the Duke University Special Collections Library-Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC

Treasures of Gay Art -Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY20 / 20-G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA


Aipad The Photography Show-Scheinbaum & Russek LTD, Santa Fe, NM 

Seeing Beauty-The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA 

In Focus: Photography from the Mills College Art Museum Colle-Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA


Salon Style-Atlas Gallery, London (England)HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture-Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, NY

Seismic Shift - Lewis Baltz, Joe Deal and California Landscape Photography, 1944-1984-UCR / California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA 

Polaroid [Im]Possible-WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie, Vienna 

Recent Photography Acquisitions -The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC


Howard Greenberg, Collection-Musée de l´Elysée, Lausanne Emmet Gowin and His Contemporaries -The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH 

A Discerning Eye: Julian T. Baker Jr. Photography Collection-North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC 

A New Vision: Modernist Photography-Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH 

Looking Forward - Looking Back-G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA

Robert Mann Gallery at The AIPAD Photography Show 2012, Robert Mann Gallery, New York


Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art -The Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco,

San Francisco, CA 

Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950 -MMoCA - The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI 

Light Sensitive - Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC


SEVEN, Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, Portland


Photography and America’s National Parks, George Eastman Museum, Rochester


Beyond Seeing, Elizabeth Houston Gallery, New York


After Virginia, CHART, New York

Masterworks of West Coast Photography, Seagrave Gallery, CA

Bard x HGG, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

Aperture Photographs, Aperture Foundation, New York

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd., Santa Fe


Paris Photo New York 2020, Seagrave Gallery, CA

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