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  • Special Exhibition
photo of a woman next to a tree above a river valley

Morning (detail), 1905. Clarence H. White (American, 1871–1925). Gum bichromate print; 24.5 x 19.5 cm. Princeton University Art Museum, The Clarence H. White Collection, assembled and organized by Professor Clarence H. White Jr., and given in memory of Lewis F. White, Dr. Maynard P. White Sr., and Clarence H. White Jr., the sons of Clarence H. White Sr. and Jane Felix White, x1983-515

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

Sunday, October 21, 2018–Monday, January 21, 2019
Location:  230 Photography
Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Galleries

About The Exhibition

A leading figure of American Pictorialist photography, Ohio-born Clarence H. White (1871–1925) was an influential teacher and a gifted artist celebrated for his beautiful scenes of quiet domesticity and outdoor idylls. The first retrospective devoted to this dedicated visionary in more than a generation, this exhibition surveys White’s career from its beginnings in Newark, Ohio, in 1895 to his death in Mexico in 1925.

The exhibition and its accompanying publication not only explore White’s work but locate it within the context of the international Arts and Crafts movement, the development of photographic magazine illustration and advertising, and the redefinition of childhood and the domestic sphere. To illuminate the artistic environment in which White’s style evolved, paintings by John White Alexander, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Edmund Charles Tarbell, and Arthur Wesley Dow are complemented by a selection of over 65 rare photographic prints, illustrated books, and albums. What allows White’s work to speak to us today is his belief in the transformative power of art and the potential of each individual to create objects of lasting beauty.


Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895–1925 is organized by the Princeton University Art Museum. The exhibition has been made possible, in part, with generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

logotype top graphic Luce, bottom a pair of letter L in a graphic to look square, and in the center Henry Luce Foundation

The exhibition is curated by Anne McCauley, the David H. McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art, Princeton University.