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.
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.
UNCAGED is my 2019 short film that follows Gu Xuan, a young Chinese conservationist, single-handedly tracking down and confronting bird poachers in Beijing as they illegally trap and sell birds. Risking his own safety in the face of abuse and intimidation, his determination and devotion to these animals drives him to continue, hoping for a […]
Happy to share with you this recent publication from the UK’s Guardian Newspaper. This story focuses on the rise in popularity of milk in China and the potential environmental consequences this is going to have for the world. It’s an important and significant story and I was pleased to be able to provide some of […]
In this unique video piece produced with National Geographic and the Pulitzer Center, the rise of China’s exotic pet trade is revealed. Filmed in Beijing, it highlights the industry’s role in the global wildlife trade.
Due to the scale of exotic pet ownership in China, it is a significant environmental issue as more affluent consumers turn to these types of animals as pets, fuelling the destruction and damage to ecosystems across the world.