Nicole White is an Oakland-based artist, curator and historian. White uses historical and contemporary photographic processes to examine the medium’s varied functionality. Recent exhibitions include: Medium, MWSPE, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (2018), Developed Work, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS (2018) and Redux, (solo exhibition), DVC Art Gallery, Pleasant Hill, CA (2017). In 2018, White was interviewed by Jess Dugan for Strange Fire Collective and spoke at the MWSPE conference about a new body of work entitled Museum Pictures. She is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA.


"If we confined ourselves to terms that referred directly or centrally to the physical object we would be confined to concepts like large, flat, pigments on panel, red and yellow and blue, perhaps image. We would find it hard to locate the sort of interest the picture really has for us. We talk and think 'off' the object rather as an astronomer looks 'off' a star, because acuity or sharpness are greater away from the centre."

-Michael Baxandall, Patterns of Intention

I'm never sure if I am a photographer, yet I work solely with photography. Its complex relationship with art and commerce, its democratic nature, and its proliferation throughout society in a multitude of forms are what keep me actively engaged with the photographic image. Perhaps I am a photographer at some level, but I've never been able to define where I stand in relation to the medium. I'm constantly shifting my position...or maybe it is. I think 'off' the photograph in hopes that the image becomes clearer.

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All images on this website are © Nicole White 2019