Quote Originally Posted by Bob F.
OK... The act of imagining a future event is "visualization". The word "previsualization" is not a valid word: it is semantic nonsense. If it means anything, it means "before the point of visualisation" which makes no sense in the context of imagining the eventual print that is intended.

Just treat it as a technical term rather than an English one....

Cheers, Bob.
The act of 'seeing' a future event is not 'visualization', it is 'prevision' as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary. And since 'prevision' is the root of 'previsualization', then 'previsualizaiton' is seeing a future event. In this application, 'previsualization' is the act of seeing a finished print before it is made.

Previsualization is an English term for the simple fact that it's in the OED. And since it existed at least 400 years ago, AA and Minor White certainly did not invent it. Based on White's personal philosophy and the connection of 'prevision' with the spiritual\supernatural I would certainly suspect that White brought the term into photography, but that's just a guess. EW, in his daybooks, most certainly describes the process of 'prevision' in that he saw in his mind a print complete and finished before he tripped the shutter, but he did not coin this particular phrase. I would suspect that White did, just to put a term to something that he and other past photographers had experienced for years.

-Mike
"Right Brain"