The Moment of Seeing.
Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts.
Photographs and text by Minor White. Edited and with text by Stephanie Comer and Deborah Klochko. Essay by Jeff Gunderson.
Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2006. 208 pp., 200 b&w illustrations, 9¾x10".
Founded by Ansel Adams, directed by Minor White, and staffed by such luminaries as Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Lisette Model, and Edward Weston, the first fine-art photography department in the United States was created in 1946 at the California School of Fine Arts (now known as the San Francisco Art Institute). Under White's leadership and against a backdrop of revolutions in photography as an art form, this dynamic faculty developed the modern photography curriculum, bringing a new academic pedigree to the medium and establishing the future of photography education. The Moment of Seeing is much more than a history of the program and those who comprised it. Including White's never-before-published writings on the teaching of photography, it is also a rich gallery of iconic images by both renowned faculty members and the dedicated students they taught.
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