Alison Wright, a New York based documentary photographer, has spent a career capturing the universal human spirit through her photographs and writing. For many of her editorial and commercial projects, Wright travels to all regions of the globe photographing endangered cultures and people while covering issues concerning the human condition.
On January 2, 2000 Wright’s life was nearly cut short during a horrific bus accident on a remote jungle road in Laos. Her recent memoir, “Learning to Breathe: One Woman’s Journey of Spirit and Survival,” chronicles this inspirational story of survival and her ongoing determination to recover and to continue traveling the world as an intrepid photojournalist. She has photographed and authored eight other books including her latest, “Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit.” This is a collection of luminous and inspiring portraits of individuals from the plateau of Tibet to the continent of Africa, celebrating the tapestry of humanity in all its diversity and splendor.
Wright completed her master’s degree in Visual Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, based on her years living and working among Himalayan cultures. She is a recipient of the Dorothea Lange Award in Documentary Photography, a two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award, and a 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the Year. Her photography is represented by the National Geographic Society and has been published in numerous periodicals including The New York Times, American Photo, Time, Smithsonian Magazine, Outside, Islands, National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, and National Geographic Adventure.
Wright’s humanitarian efforts are extensive and she has photographed for a variety of humanitarian organizations including UNICEF, CARE, ILO, and Save the Children. In the spirit of supporting the communities that she photographs, she founded the Faces of Hope Fund that helps provide medical care and education to women and children in crisis around the world. As Wright says herself, “I’m alive today because of the kindness of strangers.” Her sense of compassion is clearly evident in the strikingly humanistic portraits that this unique individual deftly captures.