Days of Art – #45: Clarence H. White

Raw, Naked Art

Clarence Hudson White by Gertrude_Käsebier Clarence Hudson White by Gertrude_Käsebier

On this day, 8 April, in 1871, Clarence Hudson White was born in small-town Ohio in the United States. White was a teacher and self-taught photographer, but within a few years of his beginning in the art form at age 22, he’d achieved some measure of international fame. His photos were emotional pieces that reflected life at the turn of the 20th century. Unlike other photographers, however, White’s work made no attempt to document life as it existed. Instead, he, along with Alfred Stieglitz and others, was one of the founding members of the Photo-Secession Movement, a pretentious name for a group of photographers who “promoted photography as a fine art in general and photographic pictorialism in particular.” (Wikipedia)

In a nutshell, the Stieglitz, Holland Day, White, and others held the view that “what was significant about a photograph was not what was…

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