Creating Social Change Through Photography, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops: May 10-27, 2021

Creating Social Change Through Photography, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops: May 10-27, 2021 When we hear that 300,000 people have died in an earthquake in Haiti, or that over a million Rohingya refugees are displaced in Bangladesh, it can simply be too much for our minds to comprehend. Yet that doesn’t deter us from wanting to… Continue reading  

Adventure is Where You Make It: This weekend I Kayaked to the Statue of Liberty

I have to admit there’s been some grieving for the many journeys and lost escapades I haven’t been able to do this year, like being in Bhutan this week, but to kayak to the statue was a first time bucket list challenge for me. Adventure is what you make it- even if it’s in your… Continue reading  

Life Interrupted in New York City: Pandemic to Protests

Life Interrupted in New York City: Pandemic to Protests “A crisis has come to my own city” As a documentary photographer, I am used to a constant schedule of global travel for my photography work. Our lives, the world over, have been interrupted by this pandemic. My travel wings have been clipped for now. I… Continue reading  

Dalai Lama 85th Birthday message, July 6, 2020

Wishing His Holiness the Dalai Lama a very happy 85th birthday July 6, 2020! I was asked by his office to record a birthday message to him today. “Thank you for all your wisdom, love and friendship over the years.” If you’d like to view the message in its entirety it’s available here. I first… Continue reading  

“Grit & Grace: Women at Work” The Empowerment of Women at Work in Global Communities opening at Brattleboro Museum, Vermont March 14-October 14, 2020

“Grit & Grace: Women at Work,” The Empowerment of Women at Work in Global Communities opening at Brattleboro Museum, Vermont EXTENDED: March 14-October 14, 2020 Opening: March 14, Saturday, 3-5 pm “Grit and Grace,” Photo lecture” June 25, 7:30 pm- on-line streaming For more info: “When you empower a woman, you empower a nation” “Grit… Continue reading  

2020 International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife Photo Contest

I’m excited to be one of the judges in the #NursingInFocus photo contest marking 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Share your nurse photo by March 1st. Follow @Jhpiego, @NursingNow and the International Council of Nurses for more!

Human Tribe Video

Human Tribe: Alison Wright

The Basics of Photojournalism by Alison Wright

The Basics of Photojournalism

World Nomads Photo Contest

World Nomads Photo Contest. I am honored to be one of the judges who will choose an aspiring photographer to win a ten-day all expense paid travel photography trip to Morocco with World Nomads. Deadline October 11, 2018.

Photographing for Non-Profit Organizations

Photographing for Non-Profit Organizations

Book signing of “Human Tribe,” at Book Passage, Corte Madera, September 17, 2018 @7pm

Book Passage

Can a Photograph(er) Make a Difference?

Listen to my podcast on iTunes “Can a Photograph(er) Make a Difference?” Can a Photograph(er) Make a Difference?. Produced by B&H Photo, National Geographic/Lindblad during Optic2017.

“Human Tribe” photo book released

My new photography book, “Human Tribe,” is now available. This intimate photography book of 170 color global portraits celebrates the diversity and connectivity of our beautiful and unique human tapestry. It is available through Amazon and your local bookstores. Book launch at Rizolli, New York City November 6, 6-8 pm. Open to the public. Find… Continue reading  

African Inspiration: Women at Work, May 3, 2017

Women at Work: Stories of empowerment from across the globe African Inspiration: Women at Work, May 3, 2017 5:00-7:30 pm Tickets Join us for an evening of art and discussion with award-winning photographer Alison Wright and BRAC USA President & CEO Donella Rapier at Tides Foundation, as they recall stories of empowered women worldwide. With… Continue reading  

National Geographic Traveler: April 2016

For Nat Geo photographer Alison Wright, the best thing about traveling is the chance to connect with people. View her exquisite portraits

Holden Luntz Gallery Presents Dialogs with Great Photographers: Alison Wright

Holden Luntz gallery interview

Premier Traveler Magazine interview: Most Compelling Woman in the Travel Industry, October/November 2015

Premier Traveler Magazine To see full article please visit pages 46-47.

Loyola University Women of Wisdom–October 27, 2015–Chicago, Il.

Loyola Women of Wisdom Capturing the Universal Human Spirit: A Photographic Journey Around the World Alison Wright Award-winning Photojournalist, National Geographic Contributing Photographer and Author Tuesday, October 27 9:30 a.m. — Lecture in the Loyola Theater 11:30 a.m. — Lunch in the Marillac Room See the world through the lens of award-winning contributing National Geographic… Continue reading  

Nancy R. Chandler visiting Scholar–October 22, 2015–Bend Oregon

Nancy R. Chandler visiting Scholar October 22, 2015, Bend Oregon Nancy R. Chandler visiting scholar Women Swimming Upstream: The Global Empowerment of Women at Work in the Developing World Alison Wright Social Documentary Photographer 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the Year Thursday, October 22, 2015 Tower Theatre, Downtown Bend 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Tickets $15.… Continue reading  

Atlanta Celebrates Photography Auction

Atlanta Celebrates Photography Auction Print available for bid until October 17, 2015 Atlanta Celebrates Photography Auction

10 Surprising Things I Learned at Burning Man

10 Surprising Things I Learned at Burning Man: (Written on the plane while transitioning back to New York) 1. It’s not like going to another country, it’s like going to another planet. 2. You will become one with the dust. Burning Man takes place on a dry lakebed covered in a fine talcum-like powder that… Continue reading  

Rebuilding Nepal Brick by Brick

Rebuilding Nepal Brick by Brick: 6/24/15: I’m in Nepal for the next few weeks covering the earthquake relief efforts. What I’m seeing here is breaking my heart, this country is such a part of me being as it was my home for so many years. These people don’t deserve this. No one does. And now… Continue reading  

Crisis in the Congo

When I was recently sent to photograph a campaign against violence in schools in the north Kivu area for the Global Fund for Women I thought that maybe it was a matter of bullying. What I discovered was an alarming crisis in the Congo. Although it is illegal, beating is very common in the schools.… Continue reading  

Keynote Speaker at the Peter C. Alderman Foundation Gala in New York City

Liz and Steve Alderman founded the Peter C. Alderman Foundation in memory of their son who was killed on 9/11. The mission statement of the Peter C. Alderman Foundation is to heal the emotional wounds of survivors of torture, terrorism, and mass violence by training indigenous healthcare workers and establishing trauma treatment systems in post-conflict… Continue reading  

National Geographic Proof

I was out running on the crowded streets of New York City when this subtle peach color in slushy snow caught my eye. I stopped and realized it was a pair of ballet shoes fully frozen and embedded in the ice. People were hustling past me with quizzical looks as to why I’d stopped to… Continue reading  

Honoring a 25 year old photo

I photographed this timeless book cover photo in 1990, 25 years ago. Today I’m honoring it’s anniversary and a precious moment in the lives of these girls as well as my own. I was living as an expat in Nepal, some of my happiest years. The two sisters, Sihaile (25) & Kamari (18) grace the… Continue reading  

Celebrating International Woman’s Day

I spent most of last year in Africa photographing women of remarkable tenacity and resiliency. I met women who are struggling to reclaim their lives and mental health after a twenty-five year period of war and conflict in Uganda, the Congo where a woman is raped literally every minute, South Sudan where women are rebuilding… Continue reading  

Travel Tips From the Master of Disaster

We all hope that our trips will go of without a hitch (barring the fact that when things go awry, we end up with the best travel tales). Working as a photojournalist, I’ve traveled to nearly 150 countries and, while I love my job, I’ve had my share of lost bags and missed fights—and I’ve… Continue reading  

Alison Wright, photographer, awarded Premier Traveler’s Most Compelling Woman in the Travel Industry 2014

Thank you to Premier Traveler magazine for the honor of naming me the Most Compelling Woman in the Travel Industry. They hosted the awards ceremony event at the snazzy W Hotel in Los Angeles with a gorgeous view of the city. I was in good company that evening with a number of other interesting women… Continue reading  

Tibet girl photo makes Taschen’s book cover “Celebrating 125 Years of National Geographic”

Tibet girl, a nomadic girl I photographed in Kham, eastern Tibet, has become one of my most iconic images. Her photo was published in the National Geographic magazine and later even made the magazine cover celebrating 125 years of National Geographic. Most recently her photo was chosen as the cover of Taschen’s book “Around the… Continue reading  

Alison Wright named National Geographic Traveler of the Year

Alison was named a National Geographic Traveler of the Year as someone who travels with a sense of passion and purpose To read the full article:

Release of new book “Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit”

These portraits are an unguarded moment in the lives of a few of the people I’ve photographed from our remarkable human tapestry. Some are celebrating significant events, while others are simply living out ordinary days. Others are merely struggling to survive. Many are from countries whose lives are in flux or change due to war,… Continue reading  

Alison Wright Awarded Jumeirah Essex House Artist in Residence

Watch this video featuring the talented artists who have been deemed Jumeirah Essex House artists in residence in New York City, including Alison, the most recently awarded artist to date.

Release of National Geographic Traveler China

Photos by Alison Wright. Visit the archives to view photos.

Release of National Geographic Traveler Great Britain

Photos by Alison Wright. Visit the archives to view photos.

Release of National Geographic Traveler London

Photos by Alison Wright. Visit the archives to view photos.

The Dalai Lama Visits Washington, DC

The Dalai Lama stepped down as Tibet’s political leader this year, to focus on being “a simple Buddhist monk,” and to support the creation of a more democratic government in exile for his Tibetan people. For ten days he led the Buddhist Kalachakra teachings in Washington, DC, which includes sacred Tibetan dance, and the intricate… Continue reading  

Mighty Eagle Hunters of Mongolia

I came to Mongolia to photograph the Kazakhs with their mighty hunting eagles. I headed to the Altai mountain eagle festival in the western region where they show them off once a year, every October. On the way, my translator, Urnaa, and I, stopped to stay with a nomadic family. The ger was covered in… Continue reading  

The Spirit of the Sepik in Papua New Guinea

  While thumbing through the Port Moresby Post-Courier newspaper on my flight down to the Sepik River, my eyes fell to the headline under Positions Vacant on the Careers page: “Head Hunters.” Noting the headhunters@global email, I was relieved to see it followed by an ANZ bank symbol, and not an actual ad for those degreed… Continue reading  

Hope for Haiti

I’ve recently returned from my second trip to Haiti. Thanks to all of you who made generous donations to my Faces of Hope Fund. Due to your generous support we were able to supply a few thousand dollars towards much needed tents. I’ve covered the aftermath of the tsunami in Sri Lanka and Katrina, yet… Continue reading  

Cuba Connection

Any destination that holds a ban for American visitors can’t help but carry an allure.  Just the mention of Cuba will inevitably generate an interest in what has become a mythical destination for many. I found it unusual to travel to a place that hosted tourists from all over the world, although has remained staunchly untouched… Continue reading  

Tibetan Pilgrimage Via the New China-Tibet train

I flew from Beijing to Lhasa and immediately visited the beating heart of the city; the Jokhang Monastery. Despite the changes I’ve seen in this country during my two decades of visiting Tibet I still thrill at the sight of the long haired Khampa pilgrims that circumambulate beside me as we circled this ancient temple.… Continue reading  

Learning to Breathe While Returning to Laos

Each day that I spent writing my book, “Learning to Breathe, One Woman’s Journey of Spirit and Survival” was a reminder that I am alive because of the benevolence of strangers. This realization was what inspired me to start my foundation, The Faces of Hope fund. It was these strangers that encouraged me to want… Continue reading  

Antarctica: A Captivating Voyage of Penguins and Ice

I boarded the Norwegian Coastal Voyage ship, the Nordenorge in Ushuaia, the southernmost city on the planet. It was to be three-week voyage, and we would call at several places in Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands, before sailing north to Buenos Aires. We were blessed with relative calm on our two-day crossing of Drake… Continue reading