Award winning NI
photographer opens exhibition in Strabane

Stanley Matchett's shot of The Beatles.
Stanley Matchett's shot of The Beatles.

Belfast photographer Stanley Matchett, who captured the iconic picture of Bishop Daly waving a blood stained handkerchief on Bloody Sunday is to bring a collection of his works to the Alley Theatre Art Gallery this month.

The display of Matchett’s work will from November 18 until December 13, featuring a collection of his most famous images.

A special launch event, open to all, will take place in the Alley Art Gallery on November 19 at 8pm, where Matchett will be giving a detailed talk through his many images. Admission is free.

With over 40 years of experience Stanley Matchett has worked all over the world for the press and as a freelance photographer. Having worked for the Belfast Telegraph and the Mirror Group Newspapers, Stanley was on hand to capture some of the most iconic images of ‘The Troubles’ as well as covering news, sport, features and personalities.

His sporting images have included the World Cups in both Paris and Madrid.

Matchett has had extensive coverage in London of both Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding as well as the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.

His other VIP photography has included British Prime Ministers, Northern Ireland Government Ministers, five American Presidents and several Taoisigh in the Irish Republic.

Since 1990 he has become a freelance photographer and is continually featured in Northern Irish publications. In 2003 he was awarded an M.B.E for services to Photo Journalism, the first Irish Press Photographer to achieve this commendation.

This is your chance to see over 65 of Stanley Matchett’s M.B.E iconic images on display in the Alley Art Gallery. Capturing world news, politics, sporting events and celebrities this exhibition covers four decades of life in Northern Ireland: the swinging sixties, the seventies, the eighties, the nineties and including the noughties. There is a story behind every picture.

For more information on this exhibition contact the Alley Theatre on 028 71 384444 or online