The Moment of Seeing: Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts by Stephanie Comer & Deborah Klochko
Essay by Jeff Gunderson
square 8vo. pp. 205. profusely illustrated in black & white, some colour. hardcover boards. dw. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. .
ISBN-10: 081185468X / ISBN-13: 9780811854689
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 anew 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.