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 was given a 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", Press Gazette, 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. Accessed 19 January 2014.


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

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