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.


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 […]

21 March

Mentorship 2017 – Luc Forsyth

Posted by Sean Gallagher in News

I am pleased to announce that Luc Forsyth is the recipient of my 2017 Mentorship, a free tutorship which aims to give early career photographers and multimedia journalists an opportunity for feedback, critiques and advice on their work. Luc’s work focuses on social and environmental issues in both Asia and Latin America. His early work […]

8 March

EverydayClimateChange Exhibition at Objectifs, Singapore

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Events, News

I’m pleased to have work as part of this exhibition at the Centre for Photography and Film in Singapore, as part of the EverydayClimateChange outreach programme. Please find all the details you need below if you are in Singapore and able to visit the exhibition. From the OBJECTIFS website: EverydayClimateChange is an Instagram feed where […]

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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