About Annie Wright
I’m an English, Amsterdam-based photographer working primarily in North Africa, Ireland, Scotland and the Middle East. While travelling I photograph many great monuments, but also seek out extraordinary things that are usually overlooked yet are at the very heart of a place. Examples include the precarious Egyptian roof structure featured here on the Built Environment page. I call this “alternative travel photography” and you will find many of these photos on my website.
When I’m not photographing, I keep my eye in by looking for hidden treasure on markets and auctions, and seeking fossils and prehistoric implements on Irish beaches.
After attending Winchester School of Art, the University of the Arts, London, and postgraduate studies at the Jan van Eyk Academie, Maastricht, I have exhibited widely with both photography and video. Examples include the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), the Berlin International Film Festival, Channel 4, the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb), the Doulun Museum of Modern Art (Shanghai) and the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven). My work is part of the collections of the Arts Council (UK), the Stedelijk Museum (NL), Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (NL), IHLIA LBGT Heritage (NL), Musée d’Illigh (Morocco) and Channel 4. I also co-founded the Women’s Art Library, a documentation centre at Goldsmith’s University of London.
In December 2016, my photos of Palmyra (Syria) were added to the archive of the Musée d’Archéologie nationale in Saint-Germain-en-Laye (France), where they will be used as source material for the ancient city’s restoration following its destruction by ISIS.
In November 2017, I was given a solo exhibition at the Northlight Studio in Stromness (Orkney). That year I also participated in ‘Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender & Identity’ at the Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool) a show that then travelled to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
From November 2018 to January 2019, I was included in Crossing Lines, an exhibition at the Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda, Ireland. I’m currently in a group show at the Stronach Gallery at the Ballycroy National Park Visitors Centre, which is also in Ireland. In June 2019 I will be returning to Tiznit in Southern Morocco to work on photos for a book about this historic city. Next summer, I will be artist in residence at the Ness of Brodgar archaeological dig, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Mainland, Orkney.
To contact me, please send an email.