Professor Terence Wright

Emeritus Professor of Visual Arts

Belfast School of Art

Belfast campus

2-24 York Street,
BT15 1AP,
Emeritus Professor of Visual Arts

Professor Terence Wright


Terence Wright is Emeritus Professor of Visual Arts at Ulster University where he was Course Director of MFA Photography. His research applies a systematic approach to visualisation whereby photography becomes one of many ways of representing the visual world. This provides the basis for analysing media, health and humanitarian issues. His research on the media representation of refugees was conducted on the US/Mexican border and in NW Thailand/Myanmar.

His work has been published by UNHCR. As part of ‘NM2’ (EU-funded research) he produced and directed The Interactive Village (2004-7): a digital ethnography of a village in Eastern Bohemia, Czech Republic. He collaborated on FUSION cross-border (Ireland /Northern Ireland) creative & digital media economic development projects. During the 1980s he was a freelance photographer for BBC News and Current Affairs, programmes such as Rough Justice and Crimewatch, as well as editorial work for Cosmopolitan, Company and New Scientist.

He studied Fine Art (BA hons Newport College of Art; MA Chelsea School of Art); Ethnology (MSc Oxford University) and PhD at University College London (1986) - research on photography in relation to Ecological theories of visual perception.

He was Chair of the Anthropological Association of Ireland and board member of the Society for Visual Anthropology (American Anthropological Association).

He is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and a member of the Advisory Board of the World Congress of Anthropological Associations and has held visiting fellowships at:

  • The International Development Centre, University of Oxford
  • The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge
  • University of Texas Medical Branch