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.
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.
This past summer, I was invited by the Pulitzer Center to take part in a unique event in Beijing, focused on the topic on “ecological civilisation”. The conference, hosted by the Pulitzer Center, The Communication University of China and the Yale School of Forestry was a bringing together of scholars, journalists, business leaders and government […]
x https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd1yxdpY4Co As a frequent traveller, I spend a lot of time in airports and am often fascinated by the planes I fly on. I rarely get the opportunity to get up close with the aircraft due to security restrictions and it is difficult to find an airport where you can view the aircraft up […]
x https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wjDFo6ygOQ I recently travelled to Tokyo, Japan where I had the opportunity to visit the spectacular Sumida Aquarium. If you are visiting the city and have time, I would highly recommend this as a quick stop off. It’s conveniently located underneath the Tokyo Sky Tree, so once you have finished in taking in 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.