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Beowulf Sheehan

Beowulf Sheehan is a New York-based portrait, conceptual, and commercial photographer.   Drawn to those with compelling stories to tell, Beowulf has photographed hundreds of figures from arts and culture, among them luminaries such as James Brown, Garry Kasparov, Yoko Ono, Salman Rushdie, and Patti Smith.  His work has been published in the likes of Esquire, Glamour, L’Uomo Vogue, The New York Times, and Der Spiegel.  His photographs have been exhibited in places as widespread as the Museum of the City of New York, Schauspielhaus (Vienna), and Torre Avogadro Galleria Civica (Lumezzane, Italy).

“ Life, in this day and age and in those before ours, is replete with challenges, hindrances to our pursuits of those things for which we strive and hold most dear.  In our dreams, those challenges leave us, and we embrace our visions, the ones we love, the happiness that might seem unattainable.
The Likhachev Foundation gave me the opportunity to do so much in so little time, with the support of seemingly few but in fact - as I quickly learned after beginning my fellowship – so many kind strangers.  From among many, many petitions, mine was selected.  The fantasy of my fellowship became reality, and the depth, breadth, education, and joy of it grew with each passing day.  The Likhachev Foundation introduced my work and me to an artistic and athletic discipline, a people, a culture, and a city of dreams.  That my passion for creating photographs could and would be welcomed and cherished by the foundation and everyone at the Mikhailovsky Theatre was an aspiration I’d not thought possible.  When my time in St. Petersburg was done, however, I emerged blessed and humbled by the graces and talents of many special souls.  
In my hands lies a body of work I am proud to share with all from my journey and am excited to share with many more in the future.  In my heart and memory are the joy of photographing dance, the emboldening that comes from success at working with those who share and support visions, and the knowledge that dreams can – and sometimes do - come true.
To all at the Likhachev Foundation and the Mikhailovsky Theatre, I am eternally grateful.  Spasibo”.