Sheehan's work has been displayed in the Dostoevsky Museum, the International Center of Photography, the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Historical Society, and elsewhere. Subjects of his portraiture include Bono, Hillary Clinton, Stephen Colbert, Hugh Jackman, Yoko Ono, and Ai Weiwei.
A beautiful and moving collection of photographs by today's foremost literary portrait photographer, AUTHOR captures the essence of some 200 writers, historians, journalists, playwrights, and poets from 35 countries, from Roxane Gay to Masha Gessen, Patti Smith to Zadie Smith, Karl Ove Knausgaard to J.K. Rowling, and Jonathan Franzen to Toni Morrison. (For a complete list of writers appearing in AUTHOR, click here.) Following an enlightening foreword by Salman Rushdie, Beowulf Sheehan shares an essay offering insights into the poignant and memorable moments he experienced while making these portraits. A treasured gift for readers and lovers of portrait photography, AUTHOR is the only book of its kind to appear in more than a decade.
Partial proceeds from AUTHOR will benefit BookUp, a program of the National Book Foundation to inspire reading by students in underserved communities across the country.
Raised in South Florida and abroad, 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 unique and compelling artists and figures who impact society and culture.
Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of Heaven (2015) and The Ground (2012), winner of the 2013 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, the 2013 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer Award in Poetry, a finalist for the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, and a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry. He is also the author of a book of criticism, When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness (2010), and the translator of Salvador Espriu's classic Catalan collection of short stories, Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth (2012). Born and raised in New York City, he is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Brown University, where he attained his doctorate in English Literature.