The life and contributions of legendary rock photographer Tom Wright

Tom Wright: the legendary rock photographer and muse for the likes of The Who, Rolling Stones, and the Eagles (1944-2022)
(Image credit: Copyright Tom Wright, courtesy of the Briscoe Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the Markey Producer Group)

A muse for several legendary rock bands and artists, photographer Tom Wright (born 1944) sadly passed away last month at the age of 78. He worked with the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Who, Rod Stewart, The Eagles and Elvis Costello among others during his early years as a road manager for The Who, where he was their official tour photographer.

Despite his extensive photography career, ammassing well beyond 250,000 images, Wright was unfortunately virtually unknown to the public and wider industry. Though Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones was known to have called Wright, "a f**king great photographer with a special touch."

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.