Ledbetter, E. Wright

Between 1997 and 2001, photographer E. Wright Ledbetter made five visits to Cuba, lured by a desire to capture the small Caribbean island’s mystery, culture and people with his camera.  During that time he also earned his master’s degree in higher education administration at Peabody College.  Fueled by his enjoyment of travel and his interests in world cultures and social commentary, the self-taught photographer had challenged himself to develop his “visual voice” through a number of self-assignments which brought him to Cuba. His experiences, recorded on film in black and white, primarily in and around Havana, were compiled and published by the University of New Mexico Press in the fall of 2002 in Cuba: Picturing Change.


Ledbetter, who earned his undergraduate degree in English from Washington and Lee University, lives in Rome, Ga. His photography is now focused on Vietnam, to which he has traveled twice so far. In 2001 Ledbetter served as a guest lecturer for several arts institutions in Augusta, Ga., and at the Cuban Studies Institute at Tulane University in New Orleans. His photography has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in and around Atlanta and in Abilene, Texas. Recently, his Cuban work was selected for inclusion in a two-year traveling exhibition mounted by Lehigh University to showcase photographers and other artists whose work centers on Cuba.