San Francisco

Shelia White

M. H. de Young Memorial Museum

A photographic essay on the Lindsey family of Gainsville, Florida. The photographs are “. . . (to) demonstrate the capacity of the creative photographer to penetrate below the surface and lay bare the underlying feelings of people without destroying their privacy.” An impossible assignment, since any attempt to probe the special beliefs, griefs and passions that make any family the unit that it is does invade their privacy. Shelia White demonstrates skill and sensitivity as a photographer, but she is confronted with the reticence of normal human beings to reveal themselves in public exhibition. What she has captured, in two years of work, is one continuous surface thread of average family life, here one of modest circumstances and humble aspirations. Summary: a sensitive portrayal of the daily routine of one man’s family, with no histrionics.

E. M. Polley