Clarence Hudson White

Clarence Hudson White ( born April 8, 1871 in West Carlisle, Ohio; † July 7, 1925 ) was an American photographer, photography teacher and founding member of the Photo-Secession.


His father was a salesman in the wholesale company Fleek & Neal, and White resigned after attending high school there as a bookkeeper. In 1893 he married Jane Felix, with whom he had three children, including Clarence White Jr., who succeeded him as a photographer and photography teacher at the Teachers College at Columbia University.

Clarence White dealt in his youth with art, but was not supported herein by his parents. After his marriage, he began taking photographs. The recordings he often prepared meticulously before in his sketchbook with drawings and paintings. However, his low wages allowed him only the purchase of at most two photographic plates per week. The people portrayed were often forced to wait for hours on recording until the lighting conditions exactly suited to his needs. White photographed primarily women and children, and his favorite models was the youngest sister of his wife, Letitia Felix.


White was praised for bringing the character of the people portrayed in his photographs to express.

Clarence H. White gave with his photographic work soon recognition. For example, he won the gold medal of Ohio Photographer's Association in 1896 and participating in the photo exhibition of the Philadelphia Photographic Salon 1898. Along with Alfred Stieglitz and others, he became one of the founders of the Photo-Secession.

His full-time job as an accountant clashed increasingly with the growing artistic standards. In 1906 he was able to quit this job and find a photographer makes a living by moving to New York City. A year later he was appointed professor of photography at Columbia University.

In the journal published by Alfred Stieglitz Camera Work White was able to present 1903-1908 27 own work and four collaborations with Stieglitz.