Dalton DeHart grew up on a farm in Buna, East Texas. He began taking photos during his time as an undergraduate at Sam Houston State University, where he was involved in a fraternity, theater, and ROTC. He got his undergraduate degree and, after a tour in the military, spent the next five years teaching high school back in Buna. Dalton got his Master's degree and taught in Beaumont for three years, then went back to graduate school and got his doctorate at Northern Illinois University. He eventually wound up teaching at San Jacinto College and became Chairman of the Language Skills department.
Throughout all of this, Dalton was taking photos. He bought his first 35 mm camera while in Illinois. When he came back to Texas, he started taking photos of San Jacinto College. He took pictures of the San Jacinto basketball games and the Deer Park High School football games.
This went on for about 5 years, until Dalton was invited by some of his friends in the mid 1980's to take photos of events in Houston. He joined the Executive and Professional Association of Houston (EPAH) and began taking photos of around 400-500 events a year, all while still teaching at San Jacinto. Dalton has taken photos of political events, including some featuring the last three mayors of Houston, parties, fundraisers for AIDS, and the faces of many people who died from AIDS. Dalton also provides photos for several publications, including OutSmart magazine.
Dalton has taken over 12,370 rolls of film. In 2004, he began to take digital photos. All of Dalton's photos are numbered based on the event and roll of film. The photos on this website are from before 2004, in order to make previously non-digitized photos available to a broader audience.