Sean Davey acknowledges the Ngunawal and Ngambri peoples as the traditional owners of the Canberra region.


 Portrait by  Aishah Kenton

Portrait by Aishah Kenton

Sean Davey is an independent photographer based in Canberra, Australia.

In 2016 Sean was awarded Highly Commended in the National Photographic Portrait Prize and was a finalist in the Olive Cotton Portrait Prize. In 2009 Sean received Highly Commended in the Moran Contemporary Photography Prize, and has been exhibited in the William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize (2007 & 2001) at the Monash Gallery of Art.

Sean has developed photography education programs, including My Space/Our Place for the Gallery of Modern Art/Queensland Art Gallery (GOMA) and Lesson for the ACT Government + Australia Council’s Artist-in-Schools program.

Sean’s personal practice focuses on documentary and observational photography. With a background in photojournalism and editorial photography, Sean is an intent observer of daily life, whose work is always imbued with personal experience and engagement.

Sean self-publishes portfolios and books of his photographs, and has been exhibited in many of Australia’s top galleries and institutions. Sean's photographs are held in permanent collections at the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Library of Australia and the State Library of NSW.

In 2011 Sean founded TPR Gallery, a gallery in Canberra that is dedicated to the promotion and exhibition of contemporary art. Sean is also currently the Chair of Australian National Capital Artists (ANCA) , where he is a resident artist.