Alison Wright

Alison Wright, a New York-based social documentary photographer, dedicated her career to capturing the universal human spirit through her photographs and writing. Traveling extensively for her editorial and commercial projects, she ventured to all corners of the globe to document endangered cultures and people while addressing issues concerning the human condition. Much of her work focused on post-conflict, disaster relief, and human rights issues, particularly advocating for women and children. In a spirit of giving back, Wright founded the Faces of Hope Fund ( to support women and children in crisis globally through education and healthcare initiatives.

Wright’s journey began with a photojournalism degree from Syracuse University, followed by a master’s degree in visual anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley, where she focused on the Himalayan cultures of Asia. Throughout her career, she received numerous accolades, including the Dorothea Lange Award in Documentary Photography and two Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards. In 2013, she was honored as a National Geographic Traveler of the Year.

Her photography, represented by National Geographic Creative, graced the pages of prestigious publications such as National Geographic, Outside, Smithsonian Magazine, and The New York Times. Additionally, Wright authored nine books, including “Learning to Breathe: One Woman’s Journey of Spirit and Survival,” recounting her physical and spiritual recovery after a life-threatening bus accident in Laos.

Tragically, Alison Wright passed away in March 2022 at the age of 60. Her legacy as a compassionate storyteller and advocate for the marginalized lives on through her remarkable body of work.

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