David Gilbert Wright was born in London, England. He studied at the London College of Printing between 1976 and 1979. His documentary work spans four decades and serves as a comment on the impact that ‘external’ factors have on ordinary people. David works on film and produces silver prints. He believes in Cartier Bresson’ ‘Decisive Moment’ approach of knowing intuitively when to release the shutter. His photographs of the Welsh miners, prior to the strikes of Thatcher’s Government and the racial tension of the East-End of London in the 1970s are particularly poignant. David then went on to document rural life on the west coast of Ireland during the 1980s and 90s.
He is currently working on two projects. Modern Tribes of England is an in-depth look at how membership of groups enhances wellbeing. Survivors explores the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.
Climate-Change Activists - A Modern Tribe of England
This group differs from the many groups who have taken to the streets to protest. They adopt an approach called non-violent civil disobedience, whereby they utilize their bodies to obstruct. Their aim is to be get arrested and by so doing draw attention to their cause. The intensity of their protests have increased and spread right around the globe, forcing Governments to act. As individuals, they have a number of qualities: they are incredibly driven, passionate about the cause and deadly serious about the need to act before it is too late. David's work differs from much that is found in the Media in that he has managed to document aspects of the group's activity in a way that draws out these qualities.