Sasha Whittaker

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Sasha Whittaker studies the history of photography, with an additional interest in modern art from Central and Eastern Europe. She received her B.A. from Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York (CUNY), where her senior thesis, “Seeing Through the Iron Curtain: Josef Sudek’s Exchanges with the United States,” challenged the conventional view of Sudek’s isolation by examining his relationships with photographers, curators, and critics across the Atlantic. Prior to coming to Princeton, Sasha was the recipient of a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Poland, where she conducted research on twentieth-century Polish photography at the Institute of Art History of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Her project, titled “Between Utility and Experiment: The Problem with Classification in Fortunata Obrąpalska’s Botanical Photography” argued for a reevaluation of Obrąpalska’s botanical photographs as an integral part of her oeuvre. Her research interests include networks of artistic exchange during the Cold War; scientific and technical imagery; and the legacy of Pictorialism in Central and Eastern Europe, especially Poland.