Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895-1925

Clarence H. White, The Sea (Rose Pastor Stokes, Caritas Island, Connecticut),1909. Platinum print. The Clarence H. White Collection, Princeton University Art Museum (x1983-496)

This exhibition spotlights the work of Clarence H. White (1871-1925), a founding member of the Photo-Secession, a gifted photographer celebrated for his beautiful scenes of quiet domesticity and outdoor idylls, and an influential teacher and photographic mentor. The first retrospective devoted to the photographer in over a generation, this exhibition and accompanying publication will survey White’s career from his beginnings in 1895 in Ohio to his death in Mexico in 1925 and, importantly, will locate his work within the contexts of the international Arts and Crafts movement, the development of photographic magazine illustration and advertising, and the redefinition of childhood and the domestic sphere.

Drawing on the Clarence H. White Archives at the Princeton University Art Museum, and thus uniquely suited to development by Princeton, as well as loans from other public and private collections, Clarence H. White and His World will juxtapose White’s skillfully posed portraits and studies of his family and friends with those of his colleagues, such as Paul Haviland, Gertrude Käsebier, and F. Holland Day, and will also be the first exhibition to explore a little known series of nudes and figure studies done with Alfred Stieglitz in 1907. White’s two decades as a teacher will be highlighted by the work of artists who studied with him and by extensive documentation of his schools in Maine, Connecticut, and Manhattan. Completing White’s visual world, the exhibition will also feature a selection of paintings and prints by William Merritt Chase, Thomas Dewing, Max Weber, Edmund Tarbell, John Alexander, and others. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Take a closer look - Student photography from the Clarence White School

Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895-1925 has been made possible by generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation; the Barr Ferree Foundation Fund for Publications, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Publications Fund; Christopher E. Olofson, Class of 1992; and William S. Fisher, Class of 1979, and Sakurako Fisher, through the Sakana Foundation. Additional support has been made possible by the Kathleen C. Sherrerd Program Fund for American Art; Robin and Sandy Stuart, Class of 1972; Susan and John Diekman, Class of 1965; the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts; the Donna and Hans J. Sternberg, Class of 1957, Art Museum Program Fund; the Allen R. Adler, Class of 1967, Exhibitions Fund; Frederick Quellmalz, Class of 1934, Photography Fund; the Sara and Joshua Slocum, Class of 1998, Art Museum Fund; and Blair Moll, Class of 2010, through the Bagley and Virginia Wright Foundation. Further support has been provided by the Dean for Research Innovation Fund, Princeton University; and by the Partners and Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum.