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The concept of the Equivalent

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The concept of the Equivalent, first encountered in reading America and Alfred Stieglitz in 1939 or 1940, has been the basis of all of my photography and teaching and much of the writing. The photograph as metaphor parallels the Taoist philosophy, ‘as in Heaven, so on earth,’ or in modern terms, ‘what we see is a mirror of ourselves.’ —Minor White, 1964 Today Conclude Family of Man Chicago Institute of Design Photography as metaphor / equivalent Photographers Minor White, 1908–1976 Art Sinsabaugh, 1924–1683 Aaron Siskind, 1903–1991 Ralph Gibson, 1939 Harry Callahan, 1912–1999 Expressive vs. creative Your photographs are still mirrors of yourself. In other words your images are raw, the emotions naked. To present these to others they need appropriate clothes. These are private images not public ones. They are ‘expressive’ meaning a direct mirror of yourself rather than ‘creative’ meaning so converted as to affect others as mirrors of themselves.
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