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Alison Wright, an acclaimed New York-based documentary photographer and adventurer, travels to all regions of the globe photographing indigenous cultures and people while covering 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 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.


Alison’s National Geographic Photographer Profile.

Alison’s bio (73.21 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, personal portfolio reviews and presentations of Alison’s work.

Please watch the website, more details to follow.

Morocco: Photoquest
April 30-May 10, 2019

May 17-28, 2019
Two spots left on this privately chartered trip for four. We will explore parts unknown while photographing the exquisite Himba tribes and Kalahari bush people. A once in a lifetime experience! Please Email me directly for the itinerary.

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
July 14-19, 2019 (5 days)
“Photographing the Human Condition: Creating Images that Make a Difference”

Canada Maritimes/New Foundland
National Geographic /Lindblad ship
September 12-20, 2019

National Geographic Expeditions
November 3-17, 2019

Alison Wright photographer leading a workshop

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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.