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    Minor White

    Well I have heard Minor White mentioned on many occassions but have never actively sought out any of his work.

    Today, an APUG member made reference to a particular image so I spent a little time trying to source some of his images on the web and at my local library. I only found a few images on the web which I liked immensly but found zero at the library. So can anyone point me to some good sources of his images or recommend books worthy of his work

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    The only book still in publication is "Rites and Passages" (I think). However, many books on Minor can be found used at Amazon and at photoeye.com.

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    The image also is on plate 134 in the book "Mirrors, Messages And Manifestations", but this one would be a lot harder to find and a lot more expensive. www.abe.com has copies of "The Eye That Shapes" in softback for $60. That's the cheapes that I've been able to find. It is a great book if you like Minor White's work. This image is not reproduced in Rites & Passages or Living Rememberance.

    eBay, item #6912641727 is "Mirrors, Messages And Manifestations" currently at $79. It is without dustjacket and is listed as a First Edition, 1969. This book was also printed in 1982. It is must-have if you like his work and is a collector's item. The missing dust jacket would hurt it's re-sale value later but it is a good investment.

    eBay item #6911644490 is "The Eye That Shapes", hardback 1st Ed. fine condition for a BIN of $150.

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    I have _The Eye that Shapes_ in softcover and recommend it. If it's not at photoeye, try alibris.com.

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    Minor White

    Minor White helped to found Aperture Magazine and there is info on him in their 50th anniversary book. You might also want to go to http://www.aperture.org/ There are a fair amount of resources on him there.
    Nancy Newhal, who wrote extensively on the photographers of Group f/64, wrote a book called "From Adams to Stieglitz: Pioneers of Modern Photography", in which she devotes chapters to various photographers of the early to mid-half of the 20th century. One of these chapters is dedicated to Minor White and outlines much of his career. I don't know where you looked on the web, but I know that Masters Of Photography has some good examples of his work. Well I hope this helped out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen J. Collier
    I don't know where you looked on the web, but I know that Masters Of Photography has some good examples of his work. Well I hope this helped out.
    Stephen

    Basically the Masters site was one of the few places where I could view images. I liked what I saw immensely and now will actively seek more of his work. I cant believe that I have missed him!. I have books by Ansel, Weston and various other icons, plus some modern day 'idols' but have not been exposed to Minor White.

    I ordered the Rites of Passage book yesterday and will keep a look out for a copy of 'the eye'

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    Minor White is one of the very under appriciated and overlooked photographers to come out of the straight photography movment. I have had a really hard time finding anything on him too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen J. Collier
    Minor White is one of the very under appriciated and overlooked photographers to come out of the straight photography movment. I have had a really hard time finding anything on him too.
    Mirrors, Messages, Manifestations is a masterpiece. Get that one if you can. Much more comprehensive than Rites and Passages.

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    I don't want to stir up anything here (!!) but I have it in my mind that the idea of the zone system was his but put into practice by Adams. Correct me if I am wrong.
    Roy Groombridge.

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    I'll second c6's recommendation, it is a masterpiece. However, if you really get into Minor White, you will probably need all of the books.

    Roy, I think it was Fred Archer and Ansel Adams who initiated the Zone System. Minor White wrote a little yellow book on the zone system that tried to bring it to another level, but was incomprehensible by most.
    Paul Hamann

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