Bill Wright, was born in Bridgeport, CT and graduated from the Colorado Art Institute with a BFA in Photography. After working in the commercial photography industry for a decade he embarked on a monumental artistic project. VETS, an achingly beautiful and personal series of Veterans of War, premiered at the Liechtenstein Center in Pittsfield MA and after traveling around the country beginning at the Statehouse in Boston Massachusetts was presented at the Pentagon in Washington DC in 2012. Recent projects include Papermakers, a portrait series of the employees of Crane Paper Company; and currently, a body of work investigating the emotional space between figure and object. His work professes an honesty we rarely see, primarily using portraits as his starting point he evokes and unveils a truth in his subjects that transcend the light of everyday life. We see the familiar but it is rendered extraordinary.
“I photograph the lives of the men and women around me in an attempt to understand from where our ideas of masculinity originate. I am most drawn to the moments when we are vulnerable or emasculated; where there is a presence of a rupture or wound inflicted in some way, whether it be physical, emotional, or metaphorical. Some have said my pictures possess a beauty, high and light. Passion always informs my work, exposing darkness rimmed with Emotion. My art is exact. In formal terms, my current work is an exploration of how form is determined, and conversely determines, space. My work references the figure, though more recently it has explored similar figure/ground relationships. These images are seen through the camera, they are not manipulated in the darkroom or computer. My intention has always been to explore the body, not to alter it.”