Stan Healy was born in Missoula, Montana, in 1918. He graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor's degree in journalism and, after serving in the U.S. army during the second World War, returned to home town to work as a news reporter.
Healy worked at the Missoulian as a reporter and photographer from 1946 until 1961. During his time there he tended to document local news events including automobile and railroad accidents, fires, and other tragedies. Healy's work inevitably draws comparisons to legends of the genre such as Weegee and Enrique Metinides, and rightly so.
So after his years of war abroad and covering local tragedies at home, it is no surprise that when he turned freelance he turned his gaze to the relative calm of the towns fringes. Healy was fascinated by the growth and change of his town, covering the construction and demolition of town buildings as well as parades and the colourful people he met. He was seemingly determined to capture the beauty and to distil the tranquility of his surroundings. The prints available at the gallery are all unique hand coloured silver gelatin prints.
Healy remained active in the community until he died in 1996, Missoula.