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.
Stan 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. Stans 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 Stan turned freelance he turned his gaze to the relative calm of the towns fringes. Stan 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. Seemingly determined to capture the beauty and to distil the tranquility of his surroundings. The prints showcased in his online exhibition are all unique as the prints have been hand painted direct onto the print by the artist.
Healy remained active in the community until he died in 1996, Missoula.
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