Sean O'Hagan (journalist)

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Sean O'Hagan is a writer for The Guardian and The Observer, specialising in photography.

O'Hagan was brought up in Armagh during "the troubles", and has written about the experience.[1][2][3] As an undergraduate, he studied English in London.[4]

O'Hagan started as a writer for NME, The Face and Arena, and during this period became interested in photography.[5] As of 2013, he is one of six regular "Art and design" critics for The Guardian website, and the only photography critic among the six.[6]

On 18 March 2003 O'Hagan received the 2002 British Press Award for Interviewer of the Year.[7][n 1]

O'Hagan is a nominator for the Prix Pictet Award in photography and sustainability.[n 2]

In 2011 O'Hagan was the sole recipient of the J Dudley Johnston Award[n 3] from the Royal Photographic Society "for major achievement in the field of photographic criticism".[8]


  1. ^ The award is often described as having been for 2003; as an example, see "British Press Awards: Past winners",, 29 November 2007; accessed 19 January 2014.
  2. ^ For the Prix Pictet nominators, see Nominators: Prix Pictet,; accessed 21 January 2014.
  3. ^ For the J Dudley Johnston Award, see J Dudley Johnston Award, Royal Photographic Society website; accessed 19 January 2014.


  1. ^ Sean O'Hagan, "An accidental death", The Observer, 21 April 2002. Accessed 19 January 2014.
  2. ^ O'Hagan, "The day I thought would never come", The Observer, 6 May 2007. Accessed 19 January 2014.
  3. ^ O'Hagan,"All along the watchtowers", The Observer, 13 May 2007; accessed 19 January 2014.
  4. ^ O'Hagan, "'Field Work spoke of a world I knew and had just left behind'",, 1 September 2013; accessed 19 January 2014.
  5. ^ Jesse, ""Sean O'Hagan on writing about photography",, 22 May 2013; accessed 18 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Our critics", within Art and design,; accessed 21 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Press Awards Winners 2000–2008", Press Awards; accessed 19 January 2014.
  8. ^ 2011 annual awards, Royal Photographic Society; accessed by the Wayback Machine on 14 December 2013.

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