David Wing was born in California in 1947 and has been photographing the life and landscape of the American West for the past forty-five years. Wing was educated at the University of California, San Diego (B.A. Visual Arts, 1970), and California Institute of the Arts (M.F.A., Design, 1971). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
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 in 1973. He taught basic through large-format photography and inaugurated a digital photography curriculum in 1991. Wing also offered a wide range of specialty courses such as “Photographing Public Events” and “Darkroom Design and Construction.” Prior to his retirement from teaching in 2003, Wing developed two new seminars: “The Creative Process” and “Why People Photograph."
Wing is now devoted to his continuing photography full-time, lecturing occasionally and working up his substantial archive and more recent material from Japan, Spain, Costa Rica, Kenya, and his California home state.