Beowulf Sheehan studied photography at New York University and the International Center of Photography. His childhood love of stories in books and music grew into an adulthood love of storytellers in the arts, entertainment, and humanities. Beowulf makes portraits, communicates ideas, and shares the stories of compelling artists and figures who impact society and culture.

AUTHOR: The Portraits of Beowulf Sheehan, a collection of portraits of 200 writers from 35 countries with a foreword by Salman Rushdie, was published in October 2018. The book was an number-one bestseller (in photo essays), supported by prominent editorial, radio, and television coverage, exhibitions, and appearances. Partial proceeds from AUTHOR have benefited the American Library in Paris, the Center for Fiction, the National Book Foundation, and the Poetry Society of America.

THE AUTHOR PHOTO: Portrait Photographer Beowulf Sheehan on a Life Capturing Writers, a short film by Claire Ince and Ancil McKain,  was an official selection of the 2020 Venice Institute of Contemporary Art Fine Arts Film Festival and the 2020 On Art Film Festival.

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Elle, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, L'Uomo Vogue, Mother Jones, The New Yorker, Newsweek, O, The Oprah Magazine, Spin, Stern, The Sunday Times Culture, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue

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Audible, BAM, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mark Morris Dance Group, New York University, Penguin Random House, Rolex Art of Mentoring, SAP, Simon & Schuster

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Alan Koppel Gallery, Consulate General of Germany, Dostoevsky Museum, International Center of Photography, Museum of the City of New York, New-York Historical Society

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American Academy of Arts and Letters, Museum of Chinese in America, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Schauspielhaus Vienna, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture


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