Biography

Sheila Pree Bright (b. 1967 in Waycross, GA) is a nationally recognized, award-winning photographer. Bright earned an M.F.A. in Photography from Georgia State University. In 2006, she received the Center Prize from the Santa Fe Center of Photography for Suburbia. Portraying large-scale works that combine a wide range of contemporary culture, Bright is often described as a “cultural anthropologist.”

Bright has created multiple renowned series, such as 1960 Who, which involved a street art gallery showcasing epic-sized portraits of unknown youth leaders of the 60’s who became members of the Civil Rights Movement but are not widely known. The series launched in Atlanta and received national attention after being featured by Huffington Post in 2013. Moreover, she went viral on Huffington Post for her Plastic Bodies series, which appeared in the documentary Through the Lens Darkly, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance film festival.

Alongside being featured in numerous publications, Bright has exhibited at the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA) Smithsonian Anacostia Museum (Washington, D.C.), the Art Gallery of Hamilton (Ontario, Canada), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Cleveland, OH), Time Inc. (New York, NY), FotoFest (Houston, TX), and the Leica Gallery (New York, NY). Moreover, Bright’s work can be found in private and public collections across the United States, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History (Washington, DC), the Oppenheimer Collection at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Overland, KS), High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA), Library of Congress (Washington, DC), de Saisset Museum (Santa Clara, CA), King & Spalding (Atlanta, GA), and many more.