Belfast Exposed's Online Archive
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Through its policy of retaining the negatives of community projects and of photographers involved with the organisation, Belfast Exposed Photography has compiled an archive of half a million images since 1983. The archive is a vernacular document, a record of a turbulent historical period in the city's history, produced from the perspectives of its principal actors, the communities themselves. It is not a representative view of the city as whole but an arbitrary gathering of images and views, of and from specific parts of Belfast.
A small proportion of the collection is available to view online here. Access to the physical archive is available by appointment. The Gateways digital photography archive is available for viewing, without appointment, in the gallery. It is possible to browse or search a selection of photographs from the archives of Belfast Exposed and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. The images can be viewed on an iMac located on the gallery floor.
In the case of photographs derived from workshops it has not been possible to identify individual photographers. If you have taken any of the photographs or appear in them we would love to hear from you.