Sean is staff photographer overseas information manager with MAG (Mines Advisory Group). Some of his work can be seen on www.maginternational.org.
From 1989 to 1991 Sean Sutton photographed the Karen in Burma. Stories were published and commissions began to appear to document another war closer to home as Yugoslavia began to slide into conflict.
For the next five years Sean repeatedly traveled to the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Angola, Albania and Laos. Photographs were regularly published in newspapers and magazines around the world.
As well as the international press, Sean also regularly worked with aid agencies covering a range of aid and development themes. By 1993, and as a result of his first-hand experiences, Sean had taken the decision to focus on landmines and always managed to spend time photographing the subject whatever the assignment.
For the last fifteen years Sean has worked with the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and has traveled constantly from Kosovo to Sri Lanka and Iraq, Lebanon and Sudan, documenting the humanitarian impact of landmines, unexploded munitions (UXO), small arms and other deadly remnants of conflict and the solutions that MAG provides.
Putting this into the broader context of refugees, internally displaced people, water and food security, agriculture, and aid delivery, his work highlights the advantages of partnership and integration across disciplines.
The resulting material has made it possible to design and produce photo packages, exhibitions, films and publications as part of MAG’s multi-media approach to public education on the subject.
His photographs have been widely published, he has received a number of awards and exhibitions of his work have been held all over the world.
1989 – Present.
Photographs continue to be published in development sector press, many UK and international publications including: The Independent, The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, The Telegraph, Newsweek, Time Magazine, US News and World Report, The Daily Mail, Der Spiegel, Le Figaro, Le Monde. Photographs are frequently used by NGOs and variety of organisations in publications and online.
‘Laos: Legacy of a Secret’ Hardback photographic book published by MAG and Dewi Lewis Publishing 2010.
‘Angola – A journey through change’ Hardback photographic book published by MAG and Dewi Lewis Publishing in 2007.
November 2009 Lao Video Diary for Granada Television, UK.
Conflict Recovery. A 10-minute collage of stills and video from a number of conflict effected countries. Translated into four languages.
Small Arms Light Weapons team in Sudan. 10 minute film about a mobile team in Sudan finding and destroying weapons including portable surface-to-air missiles.
Landmines and Unexploded Ordnance – A half hour film initially made as a local mine risk education resource in Sri Lanka. It was re-edited with English subtitles and is about the problems caused by conflict and the solutions delivered by MAG in Sri Lanka.
Surviving the Peace in Angola. 25-minute documentary narrated by Martin Bell.
November 2010 Laos: Legacy of a Secret. 1st Meeting of States Parties on Convention Banning Cluster Munitions, Vientiane, Lao PDR
June 2010 ‘Surviving the Peace’ Bargehouse Gallery, South Bank London.
November 2009 International Summit for a Mine Free World, Cartagena, Colombia.
November 2009 Imperial War Museum north five-meter frames of images on display for six months.
June 2009 Berlin Conference on the Destruction of Cluster Munitions
June 2009 20 years of life saving work, Washington, USA
June 2008 Clusterbombs in South East Asia, Irish Aid, Dublin
April 2008 UN Secretariat Building, New York, USA
November 2007 Remnants of War Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
October 2007 Angola: Journey through Change, EC Information Centre, Lisbon, Portugal.
March 2007 Angola: Journey through Change, Queen Mary 2 crossing from New York to Southampton.
March 2007 Angola: Journey through Change, EU and AU Security Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
March 2007 Surviving the Peace. Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, USA
November 2006 Surviving the Peace. Foreign Correspondent’s Club, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
September 2006 Lebanon Crisis, 7th meeting of States Parties to Mine Ban Convention, UN, Geneva, Switzerland
September 2006 Journey Through Africa’s Dark Heart – DR Congo, projection at Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan, France
February 2006 Iraq Dublin, Ireland (together with Irish NGO Trocaire)
September 2005 ‘Living with the bomb – Laos’ Visa pour L’Image, Perpignon, France. (Projection)
Permanent exhibition Remnants of War Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
June 2005 European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
2005 – Present Projection in Manchester’s Imperial War Museum
May 2005 – May 2006 ‘Surviving the Peace’ Royal Armouries, Leeds.
November 2004 ‘Angola: Living Through Change’ Nairobi summit on a mine free world, Kenya.
July – August 2004 ‘Angola: Living Through Change’ Fortaleza de Luanda, Luanda, Angola.
April – May 2001 ‘Surviving the Peace’ Foreign Correspondent’s Club, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
2000 – ‘Angola’s Deadly Harvest’ – Travelled to 8 African countries
June 1999 – ‘Surviving the Peace’ Richard Goodall Gallery, Manchester.
June 1997 ‘Responding to Landmines’ Royal Geographical Society, London, UK. (Private view with Princess Dianna).
August 1995 Oxford University Press, Oxford – Faces of War
May 1990 Photographer’s Workshop, Oxford – The Struggle of the Karen