Although he was still working as a bookkeeper for a wholesale grocery in his native Newark, Ohio, when he made this picture, White had been corresponding with Stieglitz for five years and had been selected as a founding member of the Photo-Secession. More than any of his fellow Pictorialists, White excelled in making quiet luminous studies of home life, such as this picture of his son Maynard with an issue of Stieglitz’s new journal, Camera Work.Between 1903 and 1910, twenty-seven images by White were reproduced as photogravures in Camera Work, including—somewhat self-referentially—this image in issue 9, in 1905.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Collection of Alfred Stieglitz," May 18, 1978–July 16, 1978.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Photographs from the Permanent Collection," June 1, 1980–August 1, 1980.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paul Strand and His Contemporaries," February 10, 1998–May 31, 1998.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Pictorialism in New York, 1900-1915," February 10, 1998–May 31, 1998.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographic Treasures from the Collection of Alfred Stieglitz," October 13, 2011–February 26, 2012.
Stieglitz, Alfred, ed. Camera Work: A Photographic Quarterly 9 (January 1905).
Naef, Weston J. The Collection of Alfred Stieglitz: Fifty Pioneers of Modern Photography. Studio Book. 1st ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1978. no. 544.