Clarence Hudson white

Clarence Hudson White (April 8, 1871 – July 7, 1925) was an American photographer and a founding member of the Photo-Secession movement. During his lifetime he was widely recognized as a master of the art form for his consummate sentimental, pictorial portraits and for his excellence as a teacher of photography. Toward the end of his career he founded the Clarence. White taught himself photography and photographed his friends and family. His work brought him into contact with important figures in American art photography, including Gertrude Käsebier, Edward Steichen, and Alfred Stieglitz. In 1914 White opened a school of photography in New York City. There he influenced a new generation of photographers, including Margaret Bourke-White and Dorothea Lange.
While in Newark, White's photographs gradually became nationally recognized, first winning a gold medal from the Ohio Photographer's Association in 1896 and then participating in the Philadelphia Photographic Salon exhibition in 1898. That year, on a trip east, White met Alfred Stieglitz, photography's most prominent figure of the time, who praised his work. Stieglitz, White, and several other pictorial photographers co-founded the Photo-Secession, an elite group dedicated to furthering photography as an art form.
As White's artistic renown spread, it became increasingly difficult for him to balance his amateur photography with his accounting career. In 1906 he decided to quit his job, move to New York City, and devote his full attention to photography. Stieglitz included White's photos in exhibitions at his Photo-Secession gallery and published them in his highly acclaimed magazine, Camera Work. Stieglitz devoted an entire issue of Camera Work to White's photography and the two men were jointly credited on several images, most notably The Torso.

White's photographs are black-and-white, romanticized, pictorialist images. Women and children were favorite subjects, and White was praised for capturing the character of his models.
White composed his images carefully, often taking hours to pose models and frame the photograph. White also experimented with darkroom techniques including platinum and gum bichromate prints. During his lifetime, White's images were widely acclaimed as the pinnacle of the art form.



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