Ian Wright’s 50-year career as a photo journalist began at age 14 when he entered and won the bronze award, for photography in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scheme for students. When HRH Prince Philip came to Ian's hometown of Darlington, England to present the awards, Ian was invited to join the other professional press photographers to photograph His Royal Highness.
At age 15, Ian got a job as a dark room boy at “The Northern Echo,” a newspaper in the Northeast of England where Harold Evans became editor. Eventually Ian was given photography assignments, including the opportunity to cover the emerging pop music groups for a new weekly supplement, “The Teenage Special.” Too young to drive, Ian took the bus or rode his bicycle to the concert venues, carrying all the heavy photographic equipment.
Throughout The Swinging ‘60s, Ian photographed such emerging icons as The Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, Chubby Checker, Gene Pitney, Marianne Faithfull, The Kinks, Roy Orbison, Dave Clark Five, Dusty Springfield, Adam Faith and The Rolling Stones. Ian was sent to photograph the U.K. debut performance of Ike and Tina Turner on a bill with The Rolling Stones and the unknown group, Jimi Hendrix and The Experience. He photographed Tom Jones on his debut performance and was on hand the evening Gerry Dorsey’s name was changed to Engelbert Humperdinck.
“The Northern Echo’s” legendary editor, Harold Evans, became editor of “The Sunday Times” in London and Ian followed. Working as an international photojournalist in Japan, India and the United States, Ian photographed countless fascinating people including, Alfred Hitchcock, the creators of Superman, Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster, songwriter Sammy Kahn, Bugs Bunny’s creator Chuck Jones, and Dr. Charles Richter at his home atop the San Andreas Fault. Ian’s work was syndicated to major newspapers and magazines throughout the world, including “Stern,” “Paris Match,” “Newsweek,” “Time,” “Look” and “Life.”
Today Ian Wright is a popular international speaker and frequently lectures on college campuses, cruise lines, and at private venues. His inspiring story is captivating and his historical perspective on The Swinging 60’s is unique, with a particular slant on the political, social and economic landscape of the time.