Sam Wright

Pillar to Post

This work focuses on the vibrant and resilient traveler and gypsy communities in the UK and Ireland.

For two years, Sam has immersed himself in this world, traveling to horse fairs, conducting interviews, doing research, meeting inspiring people and documenting their experiences through photography and film.

Misrepresentation by the media has been detrimental to these communities. Sam has sought to counteract this with honest representation, challenging misconceptions, and showcasing their passion and resilience. As growing challenges threaten traveler and gypsy communities, Sam believes it is time for a positive change in attitudes, and he hopes this project will contribute to that change.

He was drawn to the incredible characters, deep family values, and profound connections to tradition.

Although he could continue shooting indefinitely and keep learning, he is proud of what he has captured so far and is ready to showcase and publish the project with Gost books.

Winner of the first prize in the 2024 Open Call edition.

Blanca Berlin

Sam Wright (Sheffield, England.)

Found his passion for photography while capturing D.I.Y. punk concerts in pub basements around his hometown. His focus in photography is about storytelling, forging connections with both people and places, and discovering beauty in everyday life.

His goal is to portray people in a genuine and truthful manner, creating photographs and films that can capture a moment in time filled with emotion and feeling.

He documents his experiences in a reflective, stylized, vibrant, and tangible way, whether for personal projects, editorial features, or commissioned work. His photography always revolves around capturing beautiful light, whether natural or crafted.

Sam’s work has received recognition from prestigious awards and galleries such as The NPG, D&AD Awards, Lürzer’s Archive, Creative Review, It’s Nice That, Palm Studios, and The AOP Awards.

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