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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. Whetstone served for five years as an artist-in-residence at Appalshop, Inc., a media arts center located in coalfields of eastern Kentucky. There he produced numerous exhibitions about the changing Appalachian culture and landscape. Whetstone received his MFA from Yale University in 2001, where he won the Sakier prize for photography. In 2007, Whetstone was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for a body of photographs entitled New Wilderness. Since 2008, his work has been exhibited internationally and reviewed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New Yorker, Village Voice, New York Magazine, Art News - among others. Whetstone has won North Carolina Arts Fellowships in both photography and film, and was a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the past fourteen years. In 2015 Whetstone appointed a Full Professorship of Art at Princeton University where he now lives and teaches.