Clarence Hudson White discovered photography during the Chicago Universal Exposition, in 1893. In 1898, he founded the Newark Camera Club and met Gertrude Kasebier, Fred Holland Day and Alfred Stieglitz and thus became a co-founder of the Photo-Secession, in 1902. Before moving to New York, in 1906, the American photographer made his most celebrated images nurtured by small-town life with intimate and idyllic studies of family and friends. Influenced by such painters as John Singer Sargent and James Whistler, he also looked upon Japanese Art and Art Nouveau to depict his harmonious meditative photographs enhanced by natural light that diffused a rich atmosphere and a quiet sensitivity. From 1907, he began teaching the first photography courses offered at Columbia and established his own school in 1912. While many declare that teaching put his own career in danger as he placed instruction before his activity, we must acknowledge how influential he was on his soon-to-be famous students such as Dorothea Lange or Anton Bruehl.