Seamus Murphy is an award-winning Irish photographer based in London. He is the recipient of seven World Press Photo awards for his photographic work in Afghanistan, Gaza, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Peru and Ireland. He received The World Understanding Award from POYi in the US for his work from Afghanistan.
His work has been published and exhibited widely. He has made films for The New Yorker, Médecins Sans Frontières(MSF) UNICEF and Channel 4.
He is the author of four books including A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan (Saqi Books. 2008) based on 12 trips to Afghanistan during tumultuous years between 1994 and 2007. I Am the Beggar of the World (Farrar Straus Giroux. 2014) offers a rare glimpse into the lives of Afghan women through their anonymous Landay poetry.
He has collaborated with musician PJ Harvey on projects Let England Shake and The Hope Six Demolition Project.
Murphy and Harvey together published The Hollow of the Hand (Bloomsbury. 2015) a book of his photography and her poetry. An exhibition and live presentation of elements from the project took place at the Royal Festival Hall, London in 2015 and Les Recontres d’Arles in France in 2016.
His book The Republic (Allen Lane. 2016) is an immediate and personal portrait of Ireland on the centenary of the Easter Rising.
His feature documentary A Dog Called Money (2019), an impressionistic film essay of his collaboration with Harvey centred around travels to Kosovo, Afghanistan and the United States, premiered at the 2019 Berlinale.