Wendel White, Photographer
Wendel A. White was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in New York City, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. He was introduced to photography as a high school student at Montclair High School, Montclair, New Jersey. He was awarded a B.F.A. in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an M.F.A. in photography from the University of Texas at Austin.
His work has been included in various museum and corporate collections, individual and group exhibitions, and publications. In January 2003 the Noyes Museum of Art mounted a retrospective exhibition of the Small Towns, Black Lives project, including thirteen years of images and an exhibition catalogue of the same title. The exhibition traveled to various venues through 2007.
His interest in electronic media led to the creation of a web-based presentation of the Small Towns, Black Lives project that went on-line in 1995 as a website called The Cemetery (the images are now included in Small Towns, Black Lives at blacktowns.org.) The site included the photographs and text plus hypertext links to images of the archival documents that were used to construct a narrative for a black community that no longer existed in Port Republic. One of his current projects, Schools for the Colored, is an extension of the Small Towns, Black Lives portfolio as a survey of the architecture and landscape of segregated education before and during the Jim Crow era.. During 2005 and 2006 he traveled to photograph in a community of African Americans living in Israel’s Negev desert. Images from Village of Peace: An African American Community in Israel were recently included in Transition magazine (Vol. 97), 2007, published by the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
Wendel White's work hangs in Tweet.