Sean M. Palfrey as ‘The Raven King’ Photo: Photography by Liv Free

“Classy Occultism” – Terrorizer Magazine, Sept 2008

Sean M. Palfrey (°1986, Detmold, Germany) AKA Imago Mortis makes photos, films, mixed media artworks and sculpture. By referencing the traditions of alchemy and the occult, surrealism, gothic romanticism, grand-guignolesque black humour, and symbolism, Palfrey creates his work through experimental and often labour-intensive processes which can be seen explicitly as a personal exorcism ritual.


With the motto “Art is Dead | Death is Art” Palfrey distils the macabre traditions of fine art found in the surrealists, dada, romantics, pre-Raphaelites, and medieval eras to create dark conceptual photography utilising elements such as infra-red, low-key lighting, long-exposures, double exposures, and traditional analog methods. Palfrey also creates alchemy and occult inspired paintings as well as sculptural taxidermy through the crystallisation and oxidisation of skulls, bones and shells.


Sean M. Palfrey currently lives and works in Lincoln, UK and is available for selected commissions.

  • Biography graciously provided by Mr. Corbin Grimm (2017)


BA (Hons) Creative Writing & English Literature – University of Wales, Aberystwyth 2007

MA Journalism – University of Lincoln 2010

Hands On Basic Cinematography – Raindance Short course 2019


Work Experience:

University of Lincoln – Online Media Developer for the College of Social Science: 2016 – Present

Intravenous Magazine – Editor, Designer, Photographer, Writer: 2012 – 2019

Dominion Magazine / Terrorizer – Writer, Photographer: 2010 – 2012

Previous Clients:

Sulpher (Band): T-shirt design (2019)

Noir (Band): Photography for album covers (2016 & 17)

Talanas (Band): Promotional photography (2014)

Intravenous Magazine: Album cover design and photography (2012 – 2019)

Midnight Configuration (Band): Photography for album insert (2010)

Eibon la Furies (Band): Promotional photography (2010)

Tor Marrock (Band): Footage for music video & editing (2010)

Atra Mors (Band): Logo and album cover design (2008-10)