Duncan Wright is a West Australian based photographer, director, community enthusiast and studio manager.
He studied Photomedia under Kevin Ballantine and Max Pam at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia before finishing his degree at the Valand Academy of Fine Arts in Gothenburg, Sweden.
In 2016 Duncan worked in an arts-based community development role in the remote Ngaanyatjarra Community of Warburton, Western Australia. As part of this experience he became interested in the bottom-up approach of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and subsequently travelled to India to participate in the ABCD Festival Goa, convened by highly regarded Community Development advocate, Peter Kenyon (Bank of I.D.E.A.S.). In 2017 - 2020 Duncan worked for the Edmund Rice Centre as community arts development officer in the Aboriginal Youth Arts Program alongside Noongar artists Kylie Graham and Esther McDowell-Kickett. In both roles, Duncan worked closely with the community and managed various large creative arts projects including murals, short films and small publications.
Duncan left the Edmund Rice Centre in 2020 to pursue freelance work in a full time capacity. He developed West End Workers Studio in Fremantle, a shared creative studio and basically just an excuse to start a community. West End Workers studio has since expanded to include 'The Shipping Office', a space catered specifically towards professional digitally based creatives. While Duncan's work inherently based around images - both still and moving, his love for community and interest in people shines through and defines his work and creative process. Duncan often struggles to define himself as just a photographer, and loves the challenge of developing his skillset to help images, both still and moving, better engage and communicate.
Duncan’s work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and his work is held in various private collections. In 2019 he had a residency at MosArts Camelot and was selected for a residency at Fremantle Art Centre in 2020, before the arrival of COVID-19. Since then Duncan’s had a successful debut solo exhibition at the Perth Centre for Photography.
Clients include -
Google Arts and Culture, The Guardian, The Australian, ABC, Triple J, Atlantic Records, Art Gallery of WA, PICA, FORM, San Cisco, Methyl Ethel, POND, Carla Geneve, Broadsheet, The Guardian, Block Branding, The Blue Room Theatre, Edmund Rice Centre WA, St. Patricks, Jarrah Records, Spinning Top Records, Museum Of Freedom and Tolerance WA, Juicebox, Short Order, Remington Matters.