Exhibit opening & artist reception:

Time From:
9:00 am

Time To:
5:00 pm

FREE & Open to the Public

On display:
July 18 through December 28

Clarence H. White, a self-taught photographer, developed his craft in Newark before moving to New York City, where he worked with Alfred Stieglitz and went on to became a leading Pictorialist photographer and co-founder of the Photo-Secession movement. This exhibition focuses on the time White spent in Ohio (1887–1906) and will explore how industrial and cultural aspects of Licking County at the turn of the century shaped the work of White and others in his circle. The show will include works by Ema Spencer and The Newark Camera Club, a group of local amateur photographers who created artistic work that featured local people and landscapes.

The title of the exhibition, No Mere Button-Pressers, comes from Ema Spencer’s 1898 essay about the new camera club in central Ohio. She claimed that this group of  photographers were artistically-minded and not just users of the popular Kodak cameras that allowed anyone to take a photograph by simply pressing a button.

The show will be open at The Works July 18 through December 28 and is planned in collaboration with Columbus Museum of Art, which will display work by both White and Spencer—along with newly-commissioned prints made by photographer Lois Conner from Ema Spencer’s negatives—on display from August through December.

This exhibition draws exclusively from the collections of Ohio institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Robbins Hunter Museum in Granville, the Webb House Museum, and the Licking County Historical Society. It is supported by Denison University and made possible, in part, by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.