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Anna Wilding

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Anna Wilding
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Anna Wilding speaking on stage at an American film and music festival in 2017
BornSouth Island, New Zealand
🏳️ NationalityNew Zealander / American
💼 Occupation
Director, producer, photographer
👪 RelativesAnthony Wilding (great-uncle)
🌐 Websiteannawilding.org

Anna Wilding is an American-New Zealand director, producer, and photographer and was one of the White House photographers during the Obama administration.[1] Her exhibition of photographs of President Barack Obama and his family, Celebrate Hope, toured locations within the United States in 2019.[2][3] Wilding also created the documentary film Buddha Wild.[4]

Early life[edit]

Wilding was born in the South Island, New Zealand.[5] In her youth, she was a junior tennis player.[6] Her great-uncle,[7] Anthony Wilding, was a world No. 1 tennis player who was killed in action during World War I.[6][8][9]

Wilding moved from New Zealand to the United States.[1]


Wilding has directed and/or co-produced music videos for rock acts, including Moana and the Moahunters and David Parker.[10][11]

In 2001, Wilding took legal advice over a one-man play about Anthony Wilding being performed at Wilding Park, claiming it was in breach of copyright and "three directly applicable international laws". Matt Chamberlain, the actor and playwright, had worked with a relative of Anthony Wilding to develop the play and had successfully performed it for four members of the Wilding family. Chamberlain said that the legal problems were a "bolt out of the blue", and "I don't see that I've broken any copyright laws or any other such thing."[12][13]

In 2004, Wilding laid a complaint with the New Zealand Press Council against The Press, for not publishing her press releases or interviewing her. Paul Thompson responded on behalf of the newspaper saying that they were not obliged to interview her. The Press Council agreed and saw no grounds on which the complaint could be upheld.[14][15][16]

In 2006, Wilding directed, wrote, produced, and appeared in the documentary film Buddha Wild: Monk in a Hut, which featured the lives of Thai and Sri Lankan Buddhist monks.[4]

Wilding was one of the White House photographers during the Obama administration, when Pete Souza was the official photographer.[17] She toured a solo photo exhibition called Celebrate Hope: the Obama Collection, which was displayed at the Palos Verde Art Center[2][18] and the Perfect Exposure Gallery in Alhambra, California.[3]

Wilding is the founder of Moving Horse Pictures and Carpe Diem Films, an independent film company.[19][10]

Personal life[edit]

Wilding researches and protects the legacy of her great-uncle Anthony Wilding, and travelled to find Anthony Wilding's lost grave in France.[20][21]

Wilding's godmother was her great aunt and Anthony Wilding's sister Cora Wilding.[9] It was thanks to her godmother that Anna was given her first camera.[9]

Selected filmography[edit]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Elsesser, Sarah (3 Jan 2018). "Palm Beach resident recalls her time in the White House press corps". Palm Beach Daily News. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cooper, Matt (Jun 14, 2019). "SoCal museum listings, June 16–23: Prints by John Baldessari, Korean calligraphy and more". LA Times. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Haskell, Josh (February 22, 2019). "Rare photo exhibit of the Obama family in Alhambra". ABC 7. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Buddha Wild : Movie About Buddhism, Buddhist Monks. Film Blessed by Dalai Lama". www.buddhawildfilm.com.
  5. Stuart, Gabrielle (26 Jun 2017). "Kiwi who worked as independent correspondent at the White House shares her stories". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bayer, Kurt (Jun 25, 2014). "Rare photos reveal Kiwi 'Federer' of Wimbledon". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  7. Crutchley, Peter (July 9, 2016). "Anthony Wilding: The hero who set Wimbledon hearts a-flutter". BBC Northern Ireland. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  8. "Wimbledon's Anthony Wilding a Superstar of his Day". New Zealand Edge. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Araton, Harvey (June 22, 2013). "Researching a Tennis Legacy, and Uncovering a Potential Injustice". New York Times. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  10. 10.0 10.1 ""rebel in me" Moana and the Moa Hunters directed and Produced by Anna Wilding". The Big Idea. 26 Oct 2011. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  11. "David Parker "The Phone Is Ringing"". Missing videos from 1992. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  12. Tyler, Fran (12 January 2001). "Drama unfolds over one-man play about Wilding". The Dominion (Wellington). p. 7.
  13. "Wilding play at risk from off-stage row". The Press. 12 January 2001. p. 6.
  14. "Complaint rejected". The Press. Independent Newspapers. 17 May 2004. p. A9.
  15. "ANNA WILDING AGAINST THE PRESS". New Zealand Media Council. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  16. "Vintner's Luck caught in a Buddhist scrap". Screenz. 6 December 2009.
  17. "Barack Obama behind the scenes – exclusive interview with his photographer". Georgian Journal. 6 February 2019. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  18. "via BHBPR: Returning By Popular Demand". TV Confidential. June 12, 2019. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  19. "Carpe Diem Films".
  20. van Houdt, Bep. "Tony Wilding: Tennis's first matinée idol" (PDF). International Society of Olympic Historians. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  21. Mulligan, Jesse (12 July 2016). "New Zealand's forgotten Wimbledon Champion". From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  22. https://www.worldcat.org/title/buddha-wild-the-monk-in-a-hut/oclc/681949170
  23. "LTTS Exclusive: Anna Wilding Writes In The Wake Of The Christchurch Earthquake". Look to the Stars. 18 April 2011.
  24. Croot, James (13 August 2011). "Moving". Stuff. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  25. https://www.worldcat.org/title/faultline/oclc/818410748

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