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David Wharton: Southern Photographs


David Wharton, after an extended trip through Andean South America in 1974, resolved to make photography his life's work. From 1976 to 1978, he worked as a photojournalist for the Willamette Valley Observer in Eugene, Oregon. He then entered graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his M.F.A. in photography in 1986 and his Ph.D. in American studies in 1994. He taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio from 1996 to 1998 and, since 1999, has been Director of Documentary Studies and an assistant professor of Southern studies in the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. His photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe, and he is the author of The Soul of a Small Texas Town: Photographs, Memories, and History from McDade (2000) and Small Town South (2012).

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