Seamus Murphy is the recipient of seven World Press Photo awards for work in Afghanistan, Gaza, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Peru, and Ireland.
He has been exhibited widely and is in the collections of The Getty Museum Los Angeles, Imperial War Museum, Stanford University, FRAC Auvergne, the Incite Project.
He has made films for The New Yorker, Channel 4 Television in the UK, and for musician PJ Harvey.
He is the author of four books: A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan (Saqi Books. 2008) based on 12 trips to the country 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 anonymous Landay poetry.
Murphy and PJ Harvey collaborated on the book The Hollow of the Hand (Bloomsbury 2015). An exhibition and presentation followed at the Royal Festival Hall, London in 2015 and at Les Recontres d’Arles in France in 2016.
His latest book, The Republic (Allen Lane. 2016), is a personal portrait of Ireland, exhibited in Dublin in 2017.
In February 2018 at Hotel Fontfreyde in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Murphy exhibited Life is in Many Days, a review of 30 years of his work.