Clarence H. White, Nude
Nude (from “Camera Work”)

Clarence H. White first became interested in photography during the Chicago Universal Exposition in 1893. Five years later he founded the Newark Camera Club and met Fred Holland Day, Gertrude Kasebier, and Alfred Stieglitz, and became a co-founder of the Photo-Secession by 1902. Before moving to New York City in 1906, the artist made his now most celebrated images—intimate and idyllic studies of family and friends, which were nurtured by small-town life. Influenced by such painters as James Whistler and John Singer Sargent, White also looked to Japanese art and Art Nouveau, as did many of his contemporaries.