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Datebook: Minor White and art you call on the phone
Datebook: Minor White and art you call on the phone

A photographer's long overdue retrospective at the Getty, a garden-shed gallery in Pasadena and a show that takes its name from a novel by John Fante. It's all happening this week in our big sweaty city: Minor White, “Manifestations of the Spirit,” at the Getty Museum. This influential 20th-century photographer didn’t seek to simply document the objects and bits of scenery he shot, he evoked moods: solitude, tranquility, decay, desire. He also took wondrous photos of men. (White was gay, and there is a crackling electricity to the pictures he made of his well-proportioned student and model, Tom Murphy.) The photographer began his career shooting for the WPA in...

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