Sean Hemmerle is a leading American contemporary documentary photographer. The New York-based artist is best known for capturing the pathos of war zones around the world, and the urban decay of crumbling formerly industrial cities in the American rust belt.
Born in Tempe, Arizona, Hemmerle spent four years serving in the United States Army (from 1984 to 1988), before attending the University of Miami. He later completed an MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1997. Since then he has established a reputation as an architectural and urban landscape photographer, and has attracted many commercial commissions.