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Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 10:29 am

Gage White passed away at Seton Medical Center Coastside on April 26, 2013, after a long illness. Gage was 74 years old. Throughout the past trying years, he retained his wonderful, loving personality and remained, as always, a truly nice person.

Saying goodbye to him were his wife of 40 years, Sigrid Jean, his sons Kevin Barton and Brent Eric, their wives, Kristen Rose and Joanie Vandenberg, his daughter Pamela Lynn, and his granddaughters Dylan Christina and Ailey Jean.

Gage graduated from Menlo College and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He began a lifelong career in photography in his late teens that lasted through his mid- 60s. He established a portrait studio in Burlingame, Calif., known as Gage White Photography and became well-known on Burlingame Avenue. His fine portraiture, glamour art and wedding photography earned him the respect of his peers and recognition from the Professional Photographers of America with the awards of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman. He was also instrumental as a founding member of Wedding Photographers International.

Gage enjoyed teaching photography and was an invited guest speaker for professional organizations in the United States, Mexico and Australia. With his wife, Sigrid, he created a series of video seminars known as “Focus On” which taught lighting and composition for figure and glamour, fine portraiture and wedding photography. His art and instruction were highlighted by publication in the Rangefinder Magazine. He is well-known for his respect of the trade and coined the phrase, “Image Maker not Picture Taker.”

Gage’s family thanks his many friends for visiting him during his illness and for their kind words and gestures. He will be truly missed. A celebration of life will be held for Gage in June at Skylawn Memorial Park.

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