Alison Wright, is an acclaimed New York-based documentary photographer, author and speaker. She travels to all regions of the globe documenting endangered cultures and issues concerning the human condition for her editorial, commercial and non-profit clients.
Alison’s images have 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, Travel Channel and The New York Times.She has traveled to more than 150 countries and her advertising images have created a sense of people and place for numerous tourism boards, hotels, cruise lines, travel catalogues, books & brochures with clients such as Visa, Cisco, Ogilvy & Mather, Eurail, Hurtigruten, Sony, Columbia University Medical Center.
Wright has published a number of books including “Human Tribe,” “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 visual storyteller.
Alison is a recipient of the Dorothea Lange Award in Documentary Photography, and a two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award. She 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 Traveler Magazine’s Most Compelling Woman in the Travel Industry.
Alison has photographed for dozens of humanitarian aid organizations. Her experience working in post-disaster/conflict areas inspired her to connect photography and philanthropy by establishing a fund to help give back to the communities that she photographs. Wright is the founder of the Faces of Hope a non-profit that globally supports women and children’s rights by creating visual awareness and donating directly to grass-roots organizations that help sustain them through education and healthcare.