roadside architecture
rural landscapes




After an extended trip through Andean South America in 1974, David Wharton resolved to teach himself how to use a camera and make photography his life's work. From 1976 to 1978 he worked as a photojournalist for the Willamette Valley Observer in Eugene, Oregon. In 1983, he entered graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned an M.F.A. in photography and a Ph.D. in American Studies. He taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio from 1996 to 1998 and, since 1999, has been Director of Documentary Studies and Assistant Professor of Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture. He is the author of The Soul of a Small Texas Town: Photographs, Memories, and History from McDade (2000). His photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States and in group exhibitions in Latin America and Europe. His second book, Small Town South, will be published in the fall of 2012.

All images are for sale, in various sizes. Please contact the photographer at dwharton@olemiss.edu for more information.


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