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Tom Wright Photographic Archive - page 2

Joseph E. Kruppa, Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin

on May 9, 1969, that Townshend and The Who performed their new rock opera Tommy for the first time in the U. S. Wright recorded the landmark performance on audiotape and in photographs.

Wright's work with The Who has produced an extensive photographic and audiotape archive documenting the group's artistic evolution from 1967 until the beginning of the 1990s. According to Wright, "It is one thing to document a tour, but another to present the energy and emotional impact of a concert photographically in a way that's accessible to someone else who knows nothing about music but everything about feelings. 
My pictures are not rock and roll shots.  They are portraits of the artists in various stages of their development. I believe that I captured the nectar of the most recent and significant Renaissance."

In addition to his work with The Who, Wright has also served as a photographer

and/or road manager for the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and the Faces, the James Gang, J. D. Souther, the Thunderbirds, Elvis Costello, Bob Seeger, the Eagles, and others. He now lives and works in Central Lake, Michigan.

In 1993, Tom Wright named The University's Center for American History the permanent repository for his archive. The Tom Wright Collection consists of more than 120,000 photographic prints and negatives, 2,000 tape and phonograph recordings, Wright's correspondence with Townshend, and artwork, memorabilia, posters, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous material.  It also contains materials from Wright's school days in England and photographs made during the years he worked in Paris and on the Balearic Islands of Ibiza and Formentera. Although Wright retains copyright to all his images, they are available to the public for research and reference. The Tom Wright

Ian McLagan

View Video "...the best [hotel] room after a gig was his [Tom Wright's] room because his bathroom, the bath [tub] was full of the photographs being developed that he'd taken that day." Ian McLagan, singer-songwriter and keyboardist, The Faces.

Joe Walsh

View Video "Tom [Wright] was just there and you didn't even know that there was a camera on you. He was able to really get us, all of us, being ourselves." Joe Walsh, guitarist and songwrighter, The Eagles.

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