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Wendel A. White
Newark, NJ

Artwork Details
Franklin Street School, Cape May, NJ, 1996
Inkjet Print on Paper
22" x 39"

Wendel A. White was born in 1956 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. In 1979 he was awarded a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and in 1982, an MFA in photography from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1982 he moved to Brooklyn and in 1986, to New Jersey, where he currently lives with his wife and daughter.

His work has been included in various museum and corporate collections, individual and group exhibitions, and publications. White began teaching photography as a volunteer instructor for the high school art program operated within Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital.  Later on he began teaching classes at the School of Visual Arts, International Center for Photography, and Cooper Union. In 1986, continuing to exhibit and produce new photographic works based on urban and industrial settings, he accepted a faculty position at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

In 1993 he was elected to the board of directors for the Society for Photographic Education and served as board chair from 1996 to 1999.  White served on the Kodak Educational Advisory Council from 1991 to 1994 and on boards for various cultural organizations in New Jersey, among them, Save Outdoor Sculpture and the Atlantic City Historical Museum.  Since 2000, he has served on the board of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

The Small Towns, Black Lives project began in mid-1989 and images from the Port Republic community were exhibited between 1990 and 1995 as part of the traveling exhibition Convergence: 8 Photographers. In 1991 he went to the Center for Creative Imaging in Maine and began using the computer in artworks based on an earlier series of manipulated landscapes. This led to the creation of a web-based presentation of the Port Republic images that went on-line in 1995 as a web site called The Cemetery. The site included the photographs and text from the Convergence exhibition plus hypertext links to images of the archival documents that were used to construct the story of the black community that no longer exists. The Cemetery website and its images are now included as part of Small Towns, Black Lives (which can be found on