Seamus Murphy, born 1959, grew up in Ireland and now lives in London. He has over 20 years experience working in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The author of four books, including A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan, he is the recipient of seven World Press Photo awards for his work in Afghanistan, Gaza, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Peru and Ireland and received The World Understanding Award from Pictures of the Year in 2005 in the USA for his work from Afghanistan. A film he made centred on his Afghan work won the Liberty in Media Prize in 2011 and was nominated for an Emmy. He has been published in all major international publications and recently made films for The New Yorker and Channel 4 News in the UK. He has worked with musician PJ Harvey on film and photography projects including their most recent collaboration The Hollow of the Hand. His latest book The Republic, an immediate and personal portrait of Ireland, was published in March 2016.