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Born in Abilene, award-winning photographer and writer Bill Wright began a successful business career after receiving his BBA in marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. After 32 years as co-founder of Western Marketing, he sold the business to his employees and began his second career as an author and photographer. A familiar face in El Paso during his first career, he then worked for six years writing about and photographing the Tigua Indians, which resulted in the publication of The Tiguas: Pueblo Indians of Texas (Texas Western Press), which won the Border Book Award. This was followed by The Kickapoo: Keepers of Tradition, written in collaboration with historian John Gesick, (Texas Western Press). In addition, he is the author and photographer of Portraits from the Desert: Bill Wrights Big Bend and Peoples Lives: A Celebration of the Human Spirit, both released from the University of Texas Press. The Texas Outback: Ranching on the Last Frontier (in collaboration with photographer June Van Cleef) was published by Texas A&M University Press. Oman, an essay and photographic journal, was published by Fastback Books. He has written a history of an 1850s frontier fort, Fort Phantom Hill: The Mysterious Ruins on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River, soon to be published by State House Press. Wright has co-authored with Marcia Hatfield Daudistel another book on the Texas Big Bend, Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend (University of Texas Press, 2013).

Wright has exhibited his photographs internationally in solo exhibitions and group shows, as well as throughout the United States. In addition, he has conducted many photographic workshops, gallery talks and lectures. He has served on numerous national and state boards and committees including: The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Advisory Board, the Texas State Historical Association Executive Committee, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. He was appointed to the National Endowment for the Humanities by President Reagan. He is a member and past president of the Philosophical Society of Texas.

Bill and his wife Alice established the Wright Photography Collection and Wright Photography Research Library at The Grace Museum in their hometown of Abilene in 2008. The collection features work by internationally known photographers from Texas and around the world.

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