Jeff Whetstone

Artistic Special Collaborations
Type of work
Visual Art
New Jersey

Jeff Whetstone was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and has been photographing and writing about the relationship between humans and their environment since he received a Zoology degree from Duke University in 1990. Jeff came to the woods for a collaborative residency with Prospect New Orleans and created a new body of work, Batture Ritual, about and beside our mighty Mississippi River which was featured in P.4 at the UNO St. Claude Gallery. He is interested in contrasts of river life: the huge container ships versus the human movement of the small fishermen at the shore, the evolution of the Mississippi Delta as it has changed course throughout history versus the levee systems and floodwalls.

Whetstone received his MFA in photography from Yale University in 2001, and since then his work has been exhibited internationally. In 2007, Whetstone was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for a body of photographs entitled New Wilderness. The following year he received the first Factor Prize for Southern Art. Since 2008, his work has been reviewed in The New York TimesLos Angeles TimesNew Yorker MagazineTime Out New YorkVillage Voice, and Art News, just to name a few. He is represented by Julie Saul Gallery, New York.

Whetstone first exhibited his video work in 2011 when his experimental narrative short, On the Use of a Syrinx, premiered at the Moving Image Festival in New York. Whetstone is a 2012 recipient of a North Carolina Arts Fellowship in film and is Professor and Head of Photography at Princeton University. His work is in many public collections, including the Whitney Museum, the New York Public Library Collection, the North Carolina Museum, the Nelson Adkins Museum, the Nasher Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery.