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.

In 2017 Sean was commissioned by DFAT to document the drawdown of RAMSi in Solomon Islands; the work of which was subsequently exhibited at Australian Parliament House in Canberra and NSW Parliament House in Sydney. Sean’s work has been exhibited in many of Australia’s top galleries and institutions, and his photographs are held in permanent collections at the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Library of Australia and the State Library of NSW.

Sean is a respected photography teacher, and 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 artistic practice focuses on documentary and observational photography. With over 18 years of experience in news photography and photojournalism, Sean’s personal work draws on familiar surroundings; family and friends, as well as the places he travels and the people he meets.

In 2011 Sean founded TPR Gallery, a gallery dedicated to the promotion and exhibition of contemporary art. TPR Gallery closed its physical gallery at the end of 2018.

Sean is currently Chair of Australian National Capital Artists (ANCA), where he is a studio artist.


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