Addie Chapin

Bob Wright

Addie Chapin
Bob Wright

Flea Market Phenom

Bob Wright bought his first 35mm camera in 1970. Reporting from the roadside in New Jersey, he shares with us his decade-long fascination with the flea market, it’s people, and the buying and selling of their wildest wares.


I have always frequented flea markets and began working on my Flea Market Series in 2003. I am fascinated with the juxtaposition of the objects being sold, the fine and the common.  The photos are also an attempt to comment on consumerism, the reselling of objects we discard, and the people and culture surrounding flea markets. -Bob

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Bob Wright was born in Philadelphia and later moved south to attend Covenant College. During this time, he learned black & white photography and dark room techniques, later transitioning to the Polaroid SX-70 and digital photography. Bob went on to teach photography at his alma mater, as well as Chattanooga State and the Urban Art Institute. Bob has exhibited his photography at the Hunter Museum of American Art, AVA, Covenant College, and the UTC Cress Gallery. He served as the art preparator at the Hunter Museum of American Art, as well as operating his own framing shop, Framewrights, and presently, Bob Wright’s Art Installation. Bob is also the founder and Grand Marshal of the St. Elmo Corgi Parade.

Corgi Parade in the New Yorker, by Mimi Pond

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