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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Rose Clark

Born: Harriett Candace Clark 
Dates:  1852 - 1942, 28 November
Died:  US, NY, Buffalo

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Approved biography for Rose Clark
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)

Harriett Candace (Rose) Clark collaborated with her fellow Buffalo pictorialist Elizabeth Flint Wade for about the first decade of the twentieth century. She was born in La Porte, Indiana, and never married.
Before hooking up with Wade in 1898, Clark taught art, exhibited her drawings, watercolors, and paintings in New York, and became Buffalo’s leading portraitist. In the 1890s, she lived for several years in Florence, where she helped on the restoration of a former student’s Italian villa. Clark’s solo photographs were exhibited and reproduced in periodicals such as Photograms of the Year 1899. She showed alone in group shows at the Camera Club of New York, Newark Camera Club, and the Photographers’ Association of New England. In 1915, her work was included in An Exhibition of Pictorial Photography, held at New York’s Print Gallery, and American Pictorial Photography, seen at Syracuse University.
When working together on their images of children and/or women, Rose Clark reportedly provided the creative guidance and Elizabeth Flint Wade took care of technique. They first showed jointly at the March 1899 meeting of the Buffalo Society of Artists. In 1900, they were represented in salons in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. That October, they were privileged to present a show of their work at the Camera Club of New York. They won gold medals in 1901 at both the international exhibition in Turin, Italy, and the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo. Alfred Stieglitz included their pictures in four Photo-Secession exhibitions (in 1902 at the National Arts Club, in 1904 at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute and Washington’s Corcoran Gallery of Art, and in 1910 at Buffalo’s Albright Art Gallery), but they never became members of the group. Internationally, their work was seen in Leeds, Glasgow, Paris, and in Vienna in 1905, their last known appearance together.
Stieglitz also featured a photogravure by them in the April 1901 issue of Camera Notes. Other publications that reproduced their work, between 1900 and 1907, included the Bulletin du Photo-Club de Paris, Brush and Pencil, Century Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Photo Era. Clark and Wade seemed to have parted ways, photographically, in about 1910.
Rose Clark moved from Buffalo to New York around 1920, but returned six years later. She died in a Buffalo convalescent home after a long illness, on November 28, 1942. 
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of Christian Peterson and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 1 June 2013. 
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