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.


22 January

Reflections from the National Geographic Photography Seminar

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Events, News | 4 comments

This sense of excitement and anticipation was the reason I had travelled half way round the world to attend the 2015 National Geographic Photography Seminar. It did not disappoint. Established originally as a gathering for National Geographic photographers to meet and share work at the beginning of each year, the annual seminar has become a […]

10 January

Everyday Climate Change LIVE on Instagram

Posted by Sean Gallagher in News

Followers of my work will know that one of my main focuses is documenting the effects of climate change across the Asian continent. So, I was really pleased when I got an invitation last month to contribute to the new ‘Everyday Climate Change‘ feed on Instagram. Most of you will already know of the Everyday […]

2 September

Photoville 2014 – Pulitzer Center Exhibition – Sept 18-28

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Events, News

If you’re in NYC this month, check out the Pulitzer Center’s exhibition ‘GLOBAL GOODS, LOCAL COSTS: FASHION’S TRUE PRICE’ at Photoville 2014 which will run from Sept 18-28. I’m really pleased to have my recent work from India included in this exhibition along with two other grantees, Jason Motlagh and Larry C. Price. Here is […]

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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