Sean McMullen’s photographic story starts in Downtown San Diego during the late 1980’s, where he lived and studied photography and theater at San Diego City College. An avid explorer, his early black & white street photography depicts a faded city, sighing at the verge of the massive redevelopment projects of the coming decades. In contrast, his ensuing work exploring Baja California offers a vivid glimpse into the everyday culture of Mexico’s western peninsula. What began as weekend excursions to Ensenada, soon blossomed into private commissions to chronicle the daily lives of farmworkers, ushering in a lifelong passion for revealing Baja’s vibrant people and places. Sean’s images give us the diversity of Baja, from the stark, mysterious landscapes of the central desert interior to intimate portraits of people’s daily lives from Tijuana to Los Cabos.
As a music photographer, Sean has wielded his camera at many San Diego venues, including The Casbah, where he has been resident club photographer, as well as the House of Blues, SOMA, Soda Bar, The Belly Up, ‘Til Two Club, 7 Grand and Dizzy’s. Music festivals include Coachella, Austin City Limits, All Tomorrow’s Parties, and the San Diego Street Scene. He has also contributed to NBC 7’s Sound Diego, Where Magazine, San Diego CityBeat, Urbanist San Diego, San Diego Magazine, Downtown News, and San Diego Dialed In. National publications include Antiquiet, Inked, Downbeat Magazine and All About Jazz.
These days Sean can be found living and working in a variety of locations in his travels – from the tip of Baja California to the Pacific Northwest, from Oaxaca, México, to far across the Pacific Ocean, hiking and exploring the landscapes and seascapes of the Hawaiian Islands. Upcoming adventures include Bordeaux, Kaua’i, and Southeast Asia.
Current projects include, “Oaxaca Noir” – a black & white tribute to Mexican Cine Negro and Cabaretera, shot on location in Oaxaca City. Preparing for book and exhibition in 2019. Stay tuned by following him on Instagram @chronoscopepictures. Recent projects include publication and release of “Ether • Images from The Casbah”, a limited-edition fine art book of live performance photography, chronicling Sean’s years covering shows at San Diego’s iconic rock and roll venue. A second pressing and volume are also in the works. Stay tuned!