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July 18, 2004
"Do you know the taste of a photograph that depletes you? Taste the taste of the photographs before you serve them to your friends. When you encounter an image that angers and is rejected out of hand, and especially if you cannot forget that thorn, what is being nourished? Those images that haunt for days and weeks, though the first impression may have been almost out of sight . . . what is being nourished?
"Maybe something in you that is starved by your inhibitions and perversions has had a tiny bit of food and is crying out for more. Feed that place, or stirring, as often as you can, for it's probably your soul. Open up, take a chance that it is."
-- Minor White, Cleveland Workshop 1964
Mystical poet philosopher photographer Minor White (what a name!)
captured my attention thanks to numerous quotes in "Camera Lucida"
by Roland Barthes. The only bad thing was that White's book was out
of print, and expensive, in the used rare book market. Finally,
in need, I broke down and bought a copy in good condition at Moe's
Books in Berkeley, and I've been savoring it ever since.
He is inspirational, in so many ways, as a photographer (incredible)
and human teacher.
Anybody know other good sources of Minor White insight? I'd like to
soak it up. What was the deal with this guy?