Dakota Sumpter is a photographer currently based out of Auburn, Alabama although he has lived in a range of locations across the Eastern United States, and into central Texas.  Throughout his college career, he has studied Fine Art, philosophy and photography. He currently attends Auburn University and is the former managing  and photo editor for The Auburn Plainsman, an award-winning collegiate newspaper. In addition, Sumpter is also a photographer for Auburn Athletics covering a variety of NCAA Div. I sports and other events.

Twitter: @SumpterPhotoAU
IG: Dakotawaynephoto








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2010-2011: The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University (Photography)
2011-2014: Southern Union State Community College (Philosophy)
2014-Present: Auburn University (Fine Art – Photography)

Related Work Experience

Feb. 2016 – Present: Photographer, Auburn Athletics
Cover a variety of sporting events, create photo galleries, send photos to local and national media outlets. Photograph athletes in the studio for promotional materials.

May 2015 – May 2016: Photo editor / Staff Photographer, The Auburn Plainsman
May 2016 – May 2017: Managing editor
Manage photographers and delegate assignments.  Create online galleries of photographs in a timely manner.  Photograph assignments, features, and breaking news.

Aug. 2015 – April 2016 : ePortfolio Student Ambassador, Auburn University
Deliver presentations to students at Auburn University about the usefulness of ePortfolios.

Dec. 2014 – May 2016: Photo Lab Manager, Auburn University
Maintain chemicals related to silver gelatin processing for up to 30 students.  Calibrate monitors and printers for digital lab.  Assist students with technical issues.

Jan. 2014 – May 2016: Equipment Check-out and Digital Copy-work Assistant, Auburn University
Assist students in documenting 2D and 3D artworks using studio lighting.  Check-out equipment utilizing BookingPoint Asset management software. 

Relevant Skills

-Adobe: Photoshop / Camera Raw, AfterEffects, PremierePro, Lightroom, Bridge, InDesign
-Digital: Raw image processing, archiving, inkjet printing, color correcting. Hybrid process of scanning negative film and digitizing files.
-Analog: 35mm, 120 and 4×5 silver-gelatin processing and printing
-Experienced with Mac and PC
-MS Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint


The Swap
Lenscratch: The States Project
Halation Magazine
Aint Bad Magazine
The Future is Now


“Foreboding” Sans Gallery, Oslo, Norway
“The Future is Now” Section A Studio, Brooklyn, New York
2016 Juried Fine Art Student Exhibition, Auburn University – Roger and Joyce Lethander Purchase Award and Merit Award. Juror, Jamillah James
This Is Research: Creative Scholarship Showcase, Auburn University
2017 Juried Fine Art Student Exhibition, Auburn University

Photographer | Alabama