Brooke White is both a practicing artist and an educator specializing in fine art photography and video art. White actively exhibits her photographs and videos nationally and internationally including the Hammer Museum, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, MASSMoCA and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Her work has been published in Aint Bad Magazine and Don't Take Pictures and her work is included in the Do Good Fund. She is the recipient of the Mississippi Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant and a Senior Fulbright Scholar.
For two decades White has made work about the landscape. She sees it as a space that reflects much of what is taking place within the world, both on a macro and micro level. The conceptual framework of her projects is driven by the politics of place, memory and time, and the role they play in establishing identity. Living in geographically diverse places and unfamiliar landscapes have inspired her to contemplate the role that politics have in developing landscapes around the globe. In her large-format digital diptychs that feature East African landscapes, the images complicate visual representations of colonialism and current sub-Saharan development. In her work focusing on the deep southern United States, she examines landscapes divided by race, politics and the environment.
White is Professor of Art, Area Head and founder of the Imaging Arts area in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Mississippi. She also serves as affiliate faculty in the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies and Digital Media and Cinema minors. When in the classroom she teaches traditional black and white photography, digital photography, digital video, alternative photographic processes and large format digital printing at the graduate and undergraduate level. In the classroom she encourages a cross-disciplinary approach to image making that combines traditional analog techniques alongside digital strategies.