Mitch Wright Photography

Mitch Wright has been a photographer longer than his pursuits as a landscape architect and city planner. As the son of a photographer, Mr. Wright took up the camera around 12 years old and began to record and explore the world around him with black and white film. Through high school and college this activity became more serious with photographing landscapes and architecture leading up to early exhibitions and competition awards during his college years.

1n 1986 at Texas A&M University, Mr. Wright accomplished an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture; in 1997 he finished a Masters in the same at Harvard Graduate School of Design. It was the time at Harvard that brought together the photography and the design as the method of comprehensive study for the built environment. The community vitality project continues to this day and as a lifetime commitment to research. Currently, Mr. Wright lives in Austin, Texas, where he practices as a private consultant and uses photography in his practice to reveal the nuances of city spatial qualities as well as investigations of personal expression. Mosaic and sequential photography has been a useful tool for Mr. Wright to stimulate understanding in community form relationships. The repetitive nature of many of the constructions accentuates the relationships and adds a heightened sense of social and architectural interaction. This dynamic creates for the viewer a drama that forces the understanding of form and social details and relationships within the work.

The City

Photography allows me to compare and reveal relationships of value; and conditions conducive to the forming of livable built environments that make up our communities. Understanding the drivers of our social response in architectural form, and how function and form intertwine with social structures, helps me to understand the models that give life and health to a community.

Tattoos & Graffiti

​Urban art is an expression of our society reaching out with acts of personal gestures and connections; statements of connection, power, ownership, heritage, and emotions; bound up in paint and constructions personalizing our spaces in the city. Tattoos are more personal messages of experience, memory, commemoration, and maybe membership.


This project is about our cultural place-making and how we have lost our way in crafting our built space. It is important to understand that there is a deep relationship between the built community and the social community. Careful craft and social relationships are disintegrating in our modern society and through photography, I try to identify the special components and relationships that are to be found in rural Guatemala.