About the Photographer

Mel Wright was born in Richmond Virginia in 1942. During his childhood he moved to New York City with his family, where he completed his education. In 1961, Mel joined the United States Air Force, and three and a half years later he was assigned to duty in Vietnam. Mel's interest in photography began when he purchased his first 35mm camera to record his experience in Vietnam.

Since 1965, Mel has traveled the world photographing the human condition and capturing the splendor and visual essence of diverse cultures. His photographs reflect his journeys throughout Vietnam, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia Nepal, Macao and India; Bali and Lombok; Senegal, Mali, Kenya, Zaire and Madagascar; Jamaica, Bahamas and Curacao; and Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, Peru, Ecuador and Brazil.

Mel has work in the collections at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library-and participated in many exhibitions including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Fine Arts (Springfield, Massachusetts), and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.