Belfast Exposed maintains a substantial collection of approximately one million negatives and slides in trust for the community. The collection has been compiled over the past 35 years through contributions from professional and amateur photographers, and communities. The archive represents a valuable historical document recording political, cultural and social change in Northern Ireland over more than three decades.

The Archive images are inclusive of photographs of The Troubles, however, many show an alternative side of Belfast that reflect the reality, sadness and humour of this great city giving us the real life experiences of people who lived, worked and visited the city throughout that time.

Working in a socially engaged context, Belfast Exposed incorporate the archive images in our community workshops as a way to ease the trauma of the past and support people using photography as a method of healing.

In the case of photographs derived from our 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. You can contact us at