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.


3 April

12 Images of a Changing Vietnam

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Editorial Photography, on assignment

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam for the first time and wanted to share some images from my travels to one of its major cities, Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam is a fascinating country but it is one that conjures up many preconceived images and emotions for many, mainly due to the […]

27 March

Video Now Available Through National Geographic Creative Motion

Posted by Sean Gallagher in News, Video

https://vimeo.com/123297697 I’m pleased to share the news that my video collection is now represented by my agency, National Geographic Creative. We’ve been working hard over the past few months to catalogue my archive from the past few years and have focused on bringing the best footage to light that represents my travels across Asia. These […]

13 March

Where Do Your Jeans Come From?

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Editorial Photography, on assignment, published work

I recently got a call from the Natural Resources Defense Council’s onEarth magazine to take on an interesting assignment that I thought I would share with you here today on the blog. Have you ever wondered where your jeans come from? If you’ve followed my recent work, I hope you might of least thought about […]

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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