Minor White on photography

“Photographers, when you get accosted by painters, who, in their innocence, revive that tiresome old argument that Photography is not an art (which is true), reply that Painting is not an art. This last is also true.

Painting and photography, sculpture and photography, pottery and photography are only media, vehicles, pushmobiles, laundry chutes that get an intangible something from one unfindable part pf one man to an unlocatable part of another person. And the ineffable something is not an art because to name it implies that art is an object, or a thing, or a biscuit, or a building that can be moved about and grasped with the hands. As many have said there is no art, only artists. Every creative photographer has to find out for himself that it’s the man behind the camera that is the artist, or not – wearisome as this may be to those who have gone through the process.”

Minor White, from “That Old Question Again”,

Aperture, vol 7, no 1, 1959

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