David Wing was born in California in 1947 and has been photographing the life and landscape of the American West for the past fifty years. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Museum purchases of his work include the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Getty Research Library. In addition to several limited-edition portfolios, he has published the monograph “Death Valley: The Ambiguous Landscape.”
After organizing a visual arts program for Sinte Gleska College in Rosebud, South Dakota, and making stereo photographs for the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, Wing was appointed to the art faculty at Grossmont College (San Diego County) in 1973. Over the next thirty years, he taught basic through large-format photography, and then inaugurated a digital photography curriculum in 1991.
Wing also offered a wide range of specialty courses such as “Photographing Public Events.” Prior to his retirement from teaching in 2003, Wing squeezed in two more semester-length seminars, “The Creative Process,” and “Why People Photograph.”
Wing is now devoted to photography full-time, working up new material and printing from his substantial archive of past projects.