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National Geographic Photojournalist to Share Experiences


By: Jaci Shankel

May 20 Event to Feature Alison Wright

Alison Wright on a visit to Antarctica

Photo from New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, taken by Wright

On Tuesday, May 20, New York-based documentary photographer Alison Wright will present at 11 a.m. in the University Church. Wright has spent a career capturing the universal human spirit through her photographs and writing. Named a 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the Year, she travels to all regions of the globe photographing endangered cultures and people.

With a degree in photojournalism from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in visual anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley, Wright has spent her years as a photojournalist taking pictures for numerous publications and humanitarian organizations. These include the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian Magazine, UNICEF, Save the Children, the Helen Keller Foundation, and many more.

Wright has written several books, ranging from travel series for National Geographic to a compilation of photos of her two-decade friendship with the Dalai Lama. In a recent memoir, she chronicles her near-death experience in a bus accident in Laos, and how that experience brought an epiphany. “Until I dipped my toe into the other side, I had never truly fathomed how connected we actually are,” says Wright, as quoted by the National Geographic website. Following her recovery, Wright returned to the village that cared for her, and brought five doctors and $10,000 worth of medical supplies.

This event sparked her creation of the Faces of Hope Fund, which supports the rights of women and children by creating awareness. It works with organizations that Wright has had direct contact with, because, in her own words, “sometimes making a photo simply doesn’t feel like enough.”

Wright is a part of the National Geographic Speakers Bureau and Speaking Matters, working to share her experiences with a wider audience.


Published Thursday, May 8

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