Dean Dablow was born in Superior, Wisconsin in 1946. He spent his childhood in North Dakota before moving to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in 1957 where he graduated high school in 1964. At seventeen, he worked several months in Washington, D C. where he cemented his interest in a career as an artist. His undergraduate training at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point was as a painter/sculptor but the camera became increasingly intriguing as a tool to make art. He was a graduate student of John Schulze at the University of Iowa where he received his MFA in 1974. From 1976 to 2007 he taught photography at Louisiana Tech University where also served as the Director of the School of Art from 1997 to 2006. He is presently retired but continues to photograph, paint, and sculpt.