The word minimalism was first used in the english language in the early 20th century to describe a 1913 painting by Kasimir Malevich of a black square on a white background. The term was referring not to what Malevich put into the piece but rather what he left out.
Similarly in other fields in the visual arts, music and architecture, the term has come to represent the concept of stripping everything down to its essential quality, getting rid of what is unnecessary. This group of works is inspired by these concepts. Each artist has focused their lens on a subject, reducing it down to its essence and by removing the extraneous, creating a sense of clarity.