Wendel A. White was born in Newark, New Jersey and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. He was awarded a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MFA in photography from the University of Texas at Austin. White taught photography at the School of Visual Arts, NY; The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, NY; the International Center for Photography, NY; Rochester Institute of Technology; and is currently Distinguished Professor of Art at Stockton University.
His work has received various awards and fellowships including a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography, three artist fellowships from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, a photography grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and a New Works Photography Fellowship from En Foco Inc. His work is represented in museum and corporate collections including:
- Archive of Documentary Arts, Rubenstein Library, Duke University, NC
- New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
- The Arts at CIIS, San Francisco, CA
- En Foco Inc., Bronx, NY
- Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
- Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX
- Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
- Haverford College, PA
- Johnson and Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
- Chase Manhattan Bank
- Paul R. Jones Collection of African American Art at University of Delaware
- NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NY.
White has served on the board of directors for the Society for Photographic Education, Kodak Educational Advisory Council, NJ Save Outdoor Sculpture, New Jersey Black Culture and Heritage Foundation, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
Recent projects include; Red Summer, Manifest, Schools for the Colored, Village of Peace: An African American Community in Israel, Small Towns, Black Lives, and others. A selection of images from the Manifest project are the subject of a Smithsonian Magazine article, “The Powerful Objects From the Collections of the Smithsonian’s Newest Museum” (in the Sept 2016 issue), dedicated to the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.