My name is Sean Gallagher, a British photographer and filmmaker who has been based in Asia for almost a decade.

From the Tibetan Plateau to the Indonesian archipelago, I often spend months in the field travelling across the continent documenting its most important environmental, social and cultural issues.

My work often appears with some of the world’s leading news outlets including National Geographic News, the BBC, the Wall Street Journal and the Guardian.

I am a 6-time recipient of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting travel grant and am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). I am represented by National Geographic Creative.

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What I Do


I use photojournalism to produce long-form photo-essays about critical environmental and social issues across Asia. My work appears in major news outlets including The Pulitzer Center, National Geographic News, BBC News and CNN. My corporate clients (Boeing, BMW, UN) hire me to use my story-telling skills to communicate their aims and ethos to their customers through vivid and impactful photography.

Video & Multimedia

My video and multimedia projects incorporate the power of both the moving and still image. Using my background in photographic story-telling, I aim to communicate stories and conceptualize ideas that utilize the strength of combining photographic stills, video and audio. In our changing media landscape, this approach offers new and exciting ways in which we present and tell stories to our audiences.

Education Outreach

I lead workshops and presentations that use photography to communicate the importance of global environmental issues. I have visited over 50 institutions in the US and Asia, presenting to groups from high school students to government think-tanks. My aim is to help my audience understand the importance of Asia’s most pressing environmental issues and the implications on societies across the world.


28 August

Shared Office Space Comes to China – for the Wall Street Journal

Posted by Sean Gallagher in published work

Read the full story here, on the Wall Street Journal’s Website. You May Also Like: Chinese Author Shi Kang, for the Wall Street Journal Inside China’s Environment Crisis – Wall Street Journal Video Ship Narrowly Misses Hitting the Great Wall of China (?!) Photo of the Week | 31.08.09 | Spiderman on the Great Wall […]

24 August

Beijing: The Masked City – Featured on Mashable

Posted by Sean Gallagher in News, published work

Pleased to share a recently published photo-essay on the digital media website, Mashable, who recently approached me to share this story with their audience. Those of you who follow my work will be familiar with this story on Beijinger’s reaction to air pollution. This however is one of the first major publications for the photo-essay […]

20 August

Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo …The Busiest in the World?!

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Video

x https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7KMLWnQ2h0 Here’s a quick clip that I have just uploaded onto my YouTube channel, which showcases some of the new video clips that I have available at National Geographic Creative. This particular clip is from Tokyo, Japan and focuses on the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing…Shibuya! To get to Shibuya crossing, take one of the […]

In the Media

In this unique video piece produced by the Asia Society, I discuss my long-term work documenting China’s changing environment in the early 21st century and the subsequent impacts on the country’s people and ecosystems.

From increasing desertification in the north of the country, to climate change on the Tibetan Plateau in the west, on to disappearing wetlands in the south, I outline the implications of a changing environment on the world’s most populous nation.

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