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

I have lived and worked in Asia for over a decade, often spending 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 7-time recipient of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting travel grant and am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. My archive is represented by the National Geographic Image Collection.

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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 and The Guardian. 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 film projects focus on character-driven narratives that communicate and highlight important social and environmental issues through the moving image, utilising creative cinematography and narrative-driven stories. This approach allows my editorial and commercial clients to utilise my storytelling skills in communicating their message to their targeted audiences through engaging and emotional stories on film.


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.


25 February

Bohai Bay: China’s Threatened Coastline – Published on the Guardian

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Editorial Photography, published work
Bohai Bay: China’s Threatened Coastline – Published on the Guardian

I am pleased to share with you my latest published work, a feature on the Guardian about the environmental threats facing China’s Bohai Bay. Followers here will be familiar with some of this work as I have been sharing images from this project the past couple of months on my Instagram and Facebook feeds. It’s […]

10 December

Images of Climate Change – Instagram

Posted by Sean Gallagher in Archive
Images of Climate Change – Instagram

A selection of Sean Gallagher’s images from Instagram, centered around the theme of climate change. All images are available for licensing in editorial and commercial projects. Contact the Sean Gallagher Studio directly at sean’at’gallagher-photo.com Rising Seas in Tuvalu View this post on Instagram A young boy swims in a flooded area near the airport runway, […]

Featured Video

In this unique documentary produced with The Guardian newspaper, Sean Gallagher explores the world of illegal bird poaching in China.

He follows Gu Xuan, a young Chinese conservationist, as he single-handedly tracks down and confronts poachers as they trap and sell birds, risking his own safety along the way.

Official Selection for the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York.

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