My name is Sean Gallagher, a British photographer and filmmaker based in Beijing, China.

From the Tibetan Plateau to the Indonesian archipelago, I spend months in the field travelling throughout Asia documenting the most pressing conflicts between nature and humanity.

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 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.


30 June

Upcoming Talk at the Today Art Museum – Beijing – 5 July

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Events, News

I’ll be at the Today Art Museum in Beijing next weekend to give a presentation title ‘Environmental Storytelling: Using Imagery to Spread Awareness‘, about my work documenting environmental issues across Asia. We’ll be discussing the role of photography in communicating environmental issues in the modern media landscape and I’ll be showing images from my work […]

25 June

‘The Toxic Price of Leather’ Named Atkins CIWEM Environmental Film of the Year 2014

Posted by Sean Gallagher in News

I’m very pleased to share the news with you that my recent short-film, ‘The Toxic Price of Leather’, has been named the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Film of the Year, at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London. The winner of the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Film of the Year is awarded to @gallagher_photo. Congratulations […]

16 June

Q&A with Roads and Kingdoms

Posted by Sean Gallagher in News, published work

Another quick post today to share with you the news of a new Q&A with online travel magazine Roads & Kingdoms. I recently spoke with their team about the making of my recent project ‘The Toxic price of Leather‘. Here’s the first part of the interview… In the villages around Kanpur, in the north of […]

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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