Dalton spent the first eighteen years of his
life in the small East Texas community of Buna. After graduation
from high school, he entered Sam Houston State University in Huntsville,
Texas. During his undergraduate years, he worked at various jobs
to pay virtually all of his educational expenses. During those undergraduate
years, he engaged in a number of academic and social activities.
At that time, he began documenting his experiences with a small
inexpensive camera. That practice has continued to this day.
His photos have always been an
important part of his life. They have been with him through the
completion of his undergraduate degree, his tour in the U.S. Army,
his high school teaching years, his college teaching years, and
his graduate school years, which culminated in his receiving his
doctorate. In the fall of 1983, he began teaching at San Jacinto
College Central in Pasadena, Texas. In 1986, he became a permanent
professor of English at San Jacinto College, and in 1989 he became
Chairman of the Language Skills Department, a position he retains
to the present.
In 1978, he purchased his first
two 35mm cameras. Since that time he has taken over 12,370 rolls
of film. All of his photographed rolls of film are numbered, dated,
and identified. He can locate any event by checking through his
film files. He began taking pictures in the Houston area in 1987
with roll number 2220. Since that time, he has shot approximately
10,350 rolls of film at numerous events and activities in the community.
These include action shots at Deer Park High School football games
and San Jacinto College basketball games. He has taken photographs
of meetings with the last three mayors of Houston as well as many
of the city council members. In addition, he has taken thousands
of photographs of fund-raisers designed to assist victims of AIDS.
Among the many photos are the faces of many people who have died
as a result of the deadly disease.
He intends to continue taking
photographs that document the vibrant city of Houston and the surrounding
area. He currently provides photographs to several publications.
Among them are the Houston Voice/Eclipse and OutSmart. According
to his colleagues and those who have attended events that he has
photographed, Dalton has the ability to capture the moment and present
the event in such a fashion that years later his photographs can
actually recreate the entire event in the memory of the viewer.
The world and the imagination work together to produce lasting memories
in the photography of Dalton DeHart.