Sean Hughes has over 25 years of professional documentary, photojournalism and design experience. He is currently a full-time Associate Professor, Educator of Photojournalism and Media Design in the Department of Journalism at the University of Cincinnati, as well as a working documentary director, videographer, photojournalist, and publication art director for Everything Sondheim.
Prior to that, Hughes was the Art Director for both CityBeat newspaper and The Sondheim Review national magazine. While at CityBeat he won over 20 local, state and national awards for photography, web and graphic design from Ohio and Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists, Cleveland Press Club, Association of Alternative Newspapers (AAN) and AWN, including two-time Ohio SPJ’s Designer of the Year (2004 and 2006).
His photojournalism and documentary work runs the gamut: from NCAA basketball finals to extensive documentary studies in Cuba and India; coverage of medical teams in Oaxaca, Mexico; an official photographer for the Bunbury Music Festival; and numerous magazine features. He also served as the director of photography for the first-ever U.S.-held World Choir Games in 2012. Hughes was also one of six photographers chosen state-wide to create a “re-photographic” survey of Ohio sites documented as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s, through the Farm Security Administration (FSA). The project was organized by the Ohio Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The photo survey is now a touring exhibit, with a featured exhibit as part of the FotoFocus Biennial in 2012: Images of the Great Depression: A Documentary Portrait of Ohio 1935-2010.
Recently, his cinematography, editing and co-directing role in the award-winning documentary The Intimate Realities of Water led to ten film festival awards including Best Documentary and Best Overall Film awards at the Los Angeles International Film Festival.