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.


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.


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.


21 June

Multimedia Journalism MA – Scholarship Application Open for 17/18

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Education, News

The University of Bolton is offering two 50% reduced tuition fee scholarships for the Beijing, China based postgraduate degree; MA in International Multimedia Journalism for the 2017/18 academic year. Recipient’s tuition fees will be reduced by half meaning scholarship students will pay £3,250 instead of £7,500 for the single year degree program. To be eligible […]

14 June

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Editorial Photography, News

17th June marks the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. This is a topic I have spent much time covering during my career, most notably in my two projects ‘Desertification in China‘ and ‘The Broken Land: Drought in India” which was a short film and photo-essay. As outlined by the UN‘s website: “Desertification is […]

18 May

What Equipment Do Professional Photographers Use?

Posted by Sean Gallagher in on assignment

What equipment do professional photographers use? I get this question a lot. It usually comes from my students, workshop participants or from Q&A sessions when I present my work. It’s a fair question and one that I am always happy to answer as it often gives people an insight into how I create my work […]

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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