Clarence Hudson White began his working life at nineteen as a book-keeper in a Newark firm, Ohio. He was a self-taught photographer and in the early days could afford to buy only two photographic plates a week. The bold exploration of light in his photographs attracted praise from the art world and Alfred Stieglitz consciously promoted his work. In 1906 White moved to New York and set up his own studio. He established the C.H. White School of Photography in 1914 and taught an entire generation of prominent American photographers, including Dorothea Lange, Gertrude Kasebier and Ralph Steiner.