Sean Davey acknowledges the Ngunawal people as the traditional owners of the Canberra region.


Portrait of Sean Davey by Aishah Kenton

Portrait of Sean Davey by Aishah Kenton

Sean Davey is a freelance photographer, curator and gallery director based in Canberra, Australia.

A professional photographer for the past 18 years, Sean is regularly commissioned for editorial, corporate, architectural and portrait assignments. 

A passionate advocate for the medium of photography, Sean is also Director of The Photography Room, an artist-run gallery that regularly exhibits and represents over 20 Australian and international artists.

Sean's photographs are held in numerous national collections, including the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Library of Australia, the State Library of NSW and the Monash Gallery of Art. The National Gallery of Australia acquired Sean’s self-published book Dog Food & Oysters in 2013.  In 2016 Sean was awarded Highly Commended in the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Sean has developed photography education programs, including this one for the Gallery of Modern Art/Queensland Art Gallery (GOMA). Sean was selected as an Artist-In-Residence for the ACT Government /Australia Council’s Artist-in-Schools program in 2015, as well being as a finalist in the Olive Cotton Portrait Prize at Tweed River Gallery in NSW. Sean received the Runner-Up Award in the 2009 Moran Contemporary Photography Prize at the State Library of NSW, and has been exhibited in the William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize (2007 & 2001) at the Monash Gallery of Art.

Sean is an avid photobook collector, his influences include André Kertész, Walker Evans, Bruce Davidson, Antoine D'Agata, Susan Meiselas, William Eggleston, Eugene Richards, Bertien van Manen, Araki Nobuyoshi, Boris Mikhailov, Mark Cohen & Algirdas Šeškus.