Katharine Whitman

Photograph Conservator

Katharine Whitman has been a photograph conservator in Toronto since 2007, both in private practice and at the Art Gallery of Ontario.  She has cleaned, repaired, and conserved photographs from private collections, government agencies, museum collections and art galleries.

An alumni of the Queen’s University graduate program in Art Conservation, Katharine is currently the photograph conservator for the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she is responsible for the care over 800,000 photographs and objects.  Prior to working at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Katharine was a two-year Mellon Fellow in the Advanced Residency Program (ARP) at the George Eastman Museum and the Image Permanence Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Her work there culminated in the paper, The History and Conservation of Glass Supported Photographs (2007).

Katharine is also sought-after speaker and educator in the field.  She has lectured and taught workshops on the conservation of photographs on glass in North America, Europe, and Asia.  She is currently writing a book on the History, Preservation and Conservation of Photographs on Glass (working title) to be published by the Getty Conservation Institute.