Audrey Sands specializes in the history of photography. She is a doctoral candidate in the History of Art department and co-organizer of the Photographic Memory Workshop at Yale. Her dissertation on Lisette Model examines the artist’s pivotal influence on American photographic modernism by tracing the formal and philosophical strains that unified Model’s creative practice, magazine work, and pedagogy. Her research has been supported by the Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research and the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Predoctoral Fellowship (CASVA).
From 2013-2014, she worked in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, contributing scholarship to a major research project on the Thomas Walther Collection of interwar modernist photographs. She has also held positions in the curatorial departments of the National Gallery of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Lewis Walpole Library, and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Her exhibitions include Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at Yale (2013-2014) at the Yale University Art Gallery and Encounters in the Aftermath: Works by Lorie Novak (2011) at the LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University School of the Arts. Audrey holds a BA in Art History from Barnard College and an MA in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of Oxford.