Sean Davey acknowledges the Ngunnawal people; their elders, past, present and future, 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 working freelance photographer with a background in journalism and documentary photography.

Sean has been a professional photographer for 18 years and is regularly commissioned for editorial, corporate, architectural and portrait assignments.

Balancing commissioned work with his personal practice is vitally important to Sean. He works tirelessly on his own photographic projects, as well as being Director of The Photography Room, an artist-run gallery, which 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. 

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.

In 2016 Sean was awarded Highly Commended in the National Photographic Portrait Prize.