Fred Hoare is an award-winning professional photographer and retired picture editor in Northern Ireland, with a career spanning five decades, working for newspapers including The Larne Times, The Belfast Telegraph, Daily Mirror and Sunday Life.
In 1968, Fred became the first British photographer to be awarded the Travel Fellowship by the Commonwealth Press Union, working in New Zealand and South East Asia. In 1973, he won third prize in the news feature category of the World Press Photo Contest. He was also a winner of Irish Press Photographer of the Year. As a news photographer at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, Fred was an eyewitness to history and one of a group of local journalists who often put themselves in harm’s way to report the events to the world. His black and white images capture the wider moment, as well as the personal.
Perhaps best-known for his photographs documenting Bloody Sunday and The Troubles, this website also includes the other side of Fred’s work as a press photographer – from feature stories and political moments, to sports and well-known faces, it provides a snapshot of Northern Irish history through Fred’s eyes.