Debora Hunter was born in Chicago and grew up in architecturally rich Oak Park, Illinois. She attended Northwestern University receiving a B.A. with honors in English Literature with a minor in Women’s Studies. While at Northwestern she became interested in photography when studying visual sociology with Howard S. Becker. She received a M.F.A. in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design, working with Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and the visiting faculty of Minor White and Lisette Model. She is Professor Emerita at Meadows School of Art, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.

Selected solo exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Art Institute of Chicago (2 person show), Light Factory, International Museum of Photography/George Eastman House, James Kelly Contemporary.

Selected group exhibitions include the New Mexico History Museum, Amon Carter Museum, Corcoran Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Witkin Gallery (NYC), Light Factory, Dallas Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Art, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), McKinney Avenue Contemporary (Dallas), Lawndale Annex (Houston, TX), Herbert S. Johnson Museum (Cornell University), Fort Worth Art Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Bravin Post Lee Gallery (NYC), Center for the Arts (Boulder, CO), Alternative Museum (NYC), Creative Photography Laboratory (MIT, Cambridge, MA), Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions, Amarillo Art Center. 

Her work is in the permanent collections of Art Institute of Chicago, High Museum of Art, Corcoran Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, Amon Carter Museum, Yale University Art Museum, University of New Mexico Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Wesleyan University Art Museum, Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum, Creative Photography Laboratory of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Louisiana Art and Science Center, Lee Witkin, Robert Murdock, Ruttenberg Art Foundation, Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

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