Sean Gallagher, a British photographer who’s been based in China since 2006, has a policy that he works on one larger story every year…
“It’s difficult to say, ‘I want to change X number of minds on this issue or make a certain group of people think differently about an issue…I just think about making good work on issues that I’m interested in and then trying to get that work in publications that have a big audience. At the end of the day, if that’s happening, I have a small part in adding to the rising media dialogue about global environmental issues.”
20% of China is desert—and that percentage is growing
By traveling on China's "desertification train" that bisects China's major northern deserts (The Gobi, Taklamakan and Badain Jaran), photojournalist Sean Gallagher reports on the various implications of desertification on people's lives across the breadth of China.
As concerns around the nuclear conflict with North Korea grow, British photo-journalist Sean Gallagher revisits his 2009 venture to North Korea on assignment for the Globe & Mail. Naturally, shooting proved difficult in the sequestered country, posing as
British photo-journalist Sean Gallagher revisits his 2009 venture to North Korea on assignment for the Globe & Mail. Naturally, shooting proved difficult in the sequestered country. Posing as tourists, Gallagher and his colleague were accompanied at all times by a tour guide and government minder who were always a step behind them
Sean Gallagher tasted sand as he focused his camera lens on a masked man who had emerged suddenly from the bright orange cloud that enveloped both of them. Unable to see more than a few yards in front of himself, Mr. Gallagher pressed the shutter and the man disappeared into the sandstorm, as if he had been an apparition.
Editing on the road helps focus long photo stories
Sean Gallagher, a photojournalist living and working in China, won a travel grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting in February for his work on the country’s desertification. From a whirlwind trip to complete his coverage, Sean created several posts, slideshows, and the multimedia piece below. Sean explains how important it was to edit as he traveled to check in with his themes and cut down on post-production time. Don’t miss his earlier posts about finding and planning in-depth stories.
Multi-story photo essays: Lessons from Sean Gallagher’s Pulitzer Center project
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Sean Gallagher, a photojournalist living and working in China, won a travel grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting in February for his work on the country’s desertification. After a whirlwind trip to complete his coverage, Sean returned with several photo stories, posted on the Pulitzer Center’s blog, that tell a complex story of climate change’s impact and how China is dealing with it. We asked Sean to talk about how he tackled such a long, complicated photo essay. In this post he talks about identifying the story, and he’ll follow up with posts about research, logistics, and maintaining momentum.