b. 1968 Chattanooga, TN
Resides in Princeton, NJ
Jeff Whetstone was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and entered Duke University as a Mathematics major. He describes his long arc from the Sciences to Art as an effort to complete a circle. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a certificate in Film Studies, Whetstone took a position artist-in- residence at Applashop, a documentary arts co-op in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky. Whetstone joined the Princeton Faculty as Professor of Photography in 2015, and lives in Princeton with his wife, Stephanie, a writer. They have two teen-aged sons, a hound dog, and several reptiles.
Jeff Whetstone’s photographs investigate the role gender, geography, and heritage play in defining the human position in the natural world. Over the course of his academic career, Whetstone has been the recipient of numerous prizes, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. Whetstone’s work has been exhibited internationally and has received reviews in The Village Voice, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Los Angeles Times. Whetstone earned his M.F.A. from the Yale School of Photography in 2001, where he was the recipient of the George Sakier Prize for Photography.