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Clarence H. White (American, 1871-1925)

Clarence H. White, a native of West Carlisle, Ohio, was a founding member of Stieglitz's Photo-Secession in 1902, along with fellow Pictorialists Edward Steichen and Gertrude Käsebier. In 1907, White began teaching photography at Columbia Teacher's College at the invitation of Arthur Wesley Dow. In 1914, he opened the Clarence H. White School of Photography, New York, drawing such gifted teachers as Paul Anderson and Max Weber and teaching such early modernists as Laura Gilpin, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, Karl Struss, and Paul Outerbridge. After he died in 1925 while on a field trip to Mexico with his students, his wife and son continued the school until 1942.
- Paul Butt

Selected Bibliography
Barnes, Lucinda, ed. A Collective Vision: Clarence H. White and his Students. Long Beach: California State University, University Art Museum, 1985.

Marianne Fulton, et. al. Pictorialism into Modernism, The Clarence H. White School of Photography. George Eastman House in association with the Detroit Institute of Arts. New York: Rizzoli International, 1996.

White, Clarence H., and Homer, William Innes. Symbolism of Light: The Photographs of Clarence H. White. Delaware Art Museum, April 15-May 22, 1977; International Center of Photography, New York, July 7-September 11, 1977: Wilmington, Del.: Delaware Art Museum, 1977.


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