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 bachelor’s degrees in biology from Michigan State University and fine art photography from the University of 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 topography 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.


Katharine Whitman - Albumen Print from a Collodion Negative, Self Portrait 2005