Willie Anne Wright is an American photographer known for her colorful cibachrome and grayscale Pinhole Photography. Willie Anne Wright was born Willie Anna Boschen, in Richmond, Virginia. Her father was a musician and sometime-artist. She graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1945 with a BS in Psychology, and from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1964 with an MFA in Painting. She later studied at the Maine photographic workshops in Rockport, Maine and the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. She married and had three children.
Willie Anne Wright began her artistic career as a painter, teaching art classes at the Jewish Community Center, and was influenced by one of her painting instructors, Theresa Pollak. For a while, she experimented with printmaking. By 1973, she began to focus more and more on photography. Inspired by her surroundings and personal life, her first works incorporated images of her family, friends, and Civil War reenactors. Well known for her use of the old technique of pinhole, she is also an exceptional master in lensless photography, solar printing, and photograms.
Some of her more well known works include her Civil War Redux
series, which focuses on local Civil War reenactors whom she followed around for several years, her Pregnant Women
series, which features pregnant friends of hers, and The Swimmer
series, which features women lounging by poolsides or in pools.
Willie Anne first experimented with pinhole photography in 1985. For a class project she had to create and use a pinhole camera. She used Cibachrome paper for use in a sixteen by twenty inch pinhole camera. With color-correcting filters she created wide-angle color prints by placing the pinhole close to the film plane. Her images were whimsical with bright colors and a vignette border.
Willie Anne Wright is a native and resident in Richmond, Virginia. She received a BS in Psychology from The College of William and Mary and an MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also studied photography at Maine Photographic Workshops, Rockport, Maine; Visual Studies Workshops, Rochester, New York; and VCU.
Wright's paintings, serigraphs and drawings were her professional focus until 1972 when pinhole photography became her primary creative medium. Since then her lensless photography — pinhole and photogram — have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and have been included among numerous publications such as Art News
, The Oxford American
, Le Stenope
, and The Book of Alternative Processes
Wright's works are collected privately and publicly, and are in the permanent collections of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
, Richmond, Virginia; Chrysler Museum of Art
, Norfolk, Virginia; George Eastman House
, Rochester, New York; High Museum of Art
, Atlanta Georgia; The Mariners' Museum
, Newport News, Virginia; Southeast Museum of Photography
, Daytona Beach, Florida; New Orleans Museum of Art
, New Orleans, Louisiana; Mobile Museum of Art
, Mobile, Alabama; Morris Museum of Art
, Augusta, Georgia; New Mexico History Museum
, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Longwood University
, Farmville, Virginia; University of Mary Washington
, Fredericksburg, Virginia; University of Maine
, Bangor, Maine; and University of New Hampshire
, Dublin, New Hampshire.