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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 projects Alison travels to the remotest regions of the globe photographing endangered cultures and people while documenting issues concerning the human condition.

Clients & Representation

Wright’s photography is represented by National Geographic Creative and has been published in numerous magazines including National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Islands, Smithsonian Magazine, American Photo, Natural History, Time, Forbes, Oprah and The New York Times.


Wright has photographed a number of books including “Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit”, “The Spirit of Tibet: Portrait of a Culture in Exile”, “The Dalai Lama: A Simple Monk”, “Faces of Hope: Children of a Changing World”, and National Geographic Traveler books on China, London and Great Britain.

On January 2, 2000 Alison’s life was nearly cut short during a horrific bus accident on a remote jungle road in Laos. Wright’s memoir, “Learning to Breathe; One Woman’s Journey of Spirit and Survival”, chronicles this inspirational story of survival and years of rehabilitation, and her ongoing determination to recover and continue traveling the world as an intrepid photojournalist.


Alison is a recipient of the Dorothea Lange Award in Documentary Photography, and a two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award. Alison was named a 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the Year as someone who travels with a sense of passion and purpose and awarded 2014 Premier Travelers Most Compelling Woman in the Travel Industry.


Alison has photographed for a variety of humanitarian organizations and in the spirit of helping the communities that she photographs, Wright is the founder of the Faces of Hope fund that helps provide medical care and education to women and children in crisis around the world.


Alison’s National Geographic Photographer Profile.

Alison’s bio (65.14 KB)


Alison’s commercial portfolio (5.28 MB)

Alison’s non-profit portfolio (5.01 MB)

Press Coverage

National Geographic
National Geographic Proof
National Geographic Traveler of the Year
National Press Photographers Association
National Geographic Portraits
Grateful Traveler: The Wright Way to Travel
Faces of the World
National Geographic
LA Times
New York Times


Join Alison in a unique opportunity to bring your photography to the next level. Whether you are considering becoming a professional photographer or just interested in how to take better travel photographs, these workshops, photo seminars and travel photo tours can help you achieve your goals. When you join Alison on the road or in a workshop you can experience first hand how a world-renowned photographer works in the field.

By keeping the groups small and intimate, Alison is able to work on an individual basis to give one-on-one pointers and advice. We will spend days photographing in the field, as well as engage in group critiques, portfolio reviews and presentations of Alison’s work.

Please watch the website, more details to follow.

PhotoLondon, London, England
May 15-21,2017

Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan
August 26-September 7, 2017
Discover the Silk Road with travel photographer Alison Wright. This ancient trade route has lured explorers, traders and conquerors for centuries. On this Quest, we will explore the historical crossroads in Uzbekistan and the majestic mountain ranges and black sand deserts in Turkmenistan. Our small group will visit exotic bazaars, explore historic UNESCO World Heritage Sites, dine in family homes, and travel through the magnificent scenery along the ancient Silk Road.

National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions, The Maritimes & New Foundland September 14-21, 2017
National Geographic/Lindblad Maritimes & New Foundland

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Alison Wright photographer leading a workshop

Public Speaking

Alison has presented her captivating story and digital photo presentation to dozens of corporations, communities and schools across the country and abroad.

Venues have included the Masters of Photography series at National Geographic, The Annenberg Space for Photography in LA, Newark Museum, Sony, The Smithsonian Institution, the Explorers Club, the George Eastman Kodak House, Chautauqua, ASMP, and ASPP to name a few.

To inquire about booking a presentation or talk either contact the studio directly or reach CJ Lonoff at Speaking Matters.