Image of White's <i>Capitol Reef</i> White's Capitol Reef
Capitol Reef

As director of the Creative Photography Laboratory at MIT from 1965 to 1974, Minor White played a pioneering role in photographic instruction in America. His legendary studio classes embraced the experimental pedagogy of the 1960s, bringing Gestalt therapy, modern dance, Eastern religious theory, astrology, and independent film into the curriculum. He organized exhibitions of contemporary photography at MIT, engaging an international artistic community. His enterprising collecting and curatorial initiatives were models for other institutions at a time when photography was underrepresented in the programs of American museums and universities. White encouraged his students to take an innovative approach with photographic materials and processes. In his own work, too, he pushed the boundaries of the photographic arts. This photograph, made in the Henry Mountains of Utah, utilized a method of calibrating exposure and development, perfected by White, which gave an exceptionally wide range of grey tones to the finished print.

Capitol Reef, Photograph
Minor White
Gift of the photographer. Creative Photography Laboratory Collection, MIT Museum

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