Minor White (1908-1976)


Minor White
Cobblestone House, Avon, NY
Vintage Gelatin Silver Print, 1957
7 1/4 x 9 1/4″

No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen. – Minor White

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5 thoughts on “Minor White (1908-1976)

  1. This photograph has a sense of surrealism to it. The photographer really utilized light as a character in his image. The lighting, combined with the choice of black and white film media, gives the photo a spooky feeling. The house, cast in shadows, in contrast with the brilliant, “on fire”, doused in light bushes in the foreground adds an immediacy and startling effect to the image. The clouds in the sky start to seem a little too still, and the house begins to appear haunted. For me, there is a lot of mystery surrounding this image.

  2. I am drawn to this picture because of the contrast and surreal feeling. The bush in the front looks like cauliflower. The grass looks like it could be covered in frost even though it is clearly summer with all the leaves on the trees. The clouds and shadows add texture and confusion.

  3. The starkness that the inferred film gives to this images is very striking to me. It has this surreal feel that actually starts to take over the image, especially with it having such a dark sky and the house incased by shadow.

  4. The composition and contrast throughout this photo instantly draws me to it. I enjoy the picture a lot, because it constantly draws my eye throughout the picture. However, the only thing I don’t enjoy is that I can’t seem to find a single focal point. It’s an amazing picture still.

  5. I love black and white photos and this one I find intriguing. I feel with black and white photography, lighting is much more vital and the lighting in this is phenomenal, the bushes look like icicles and the house is kind of creepy being so dark. Kind of Norman Bates creepy. The picture is haunting and captivating. I can’t help but wonder if this is an outdoor scene, or made up to look like an outdoor scene because the lighting seems to be planned because it looks to me like there are two light sources, back lighting by the house in the horizon and the front where it is directed on the trees. This is also a picture I would hang on my wall and stare at constantly.

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