Katharine Whitman is currently
the photograph conservator at the Art
Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.
She is a former fellow of the Advanced
Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at
the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography in
Rochester, NY. She holds
degrees in biology from Michigan State University and fine art
Oregon. She earned
her master’s degree in paper conservation at Queen’s
University in Kingston, Ontario in 2005. Prior to entering the
graduate program at Queen’s University she was an archivist
at the University of Oregon Knight Library where she was responsible
for the rare photograph
collection, including a collection of nitrate-based images of the
Blackfoot Tribe by Edwin Deming. She also worked with Elizabeth
Chambers, a conservator at the Portland Art Museum. Her master’s
thesis addressed the effects of polyester materials on the surface
of gelatin silver prints during drying.
Katharine has completed internships at the Österreichische
Nationalbibliothek in Vienna, Austria, and at the Canadian National
Library and Archives
in Gatineau, Quebec. She has taught photography at the undergraduate
level and has experience in several historic processes including
daguerreotypes, albumen prints, gum bichromate and carbon printing.
Katharine has been featured in "Up
Close", the publication
of the George Eastman House; and in the Wall
Street Journal. Click
the links to see the articles.