Northern Ireland

Hugh Russell: A life in pictures

An exhibition celebrating the life and work of much-missed Irish News photographer Hugh Russell has heard tributes to a professional who always made the time to share his knowledge and experience with those still learning the craft. Christian Brothers Camera Club chairman John McCann shared anecdotes of the pranks and laughter members enjoyed across 40 years and recalled how Hugh’s entry into press photography began when he returned from the 1980 Moscow Olympics with a bronze medal for boxing and a camera. At the time of his death in October 2023, he had been preparing a talk and exhibition to celebrate his 40th anniversary and prestigious career with The Irish News and photographs he had chosen were among hundreds on display at the north Belfast camera club, a selection of which are published here

Hayley Russell looks at  picture of herself as a child during A exhibition of Hugh Russell’s work to celebrate 40 years of Photography at Christian Brothers camera Club in North Belfast.
Hugh Russell Exhibition Hayley Russell looks at a picture of herself as a child during an exhibition at Christian Brothers Camera Club in north Belfast of her father Hugh Russell’s work
Irish News Picture Editor Mal McCann and Hugh Russell jnr   at A exhibition of Hugh Russell’s work to celebrate 40 years of Photography at Christian Brothers camera Club in North Belfast.
Irish News picture editor Mal McCann and Hugh Russell Jnr at an exhibition of his father's work to celebrate 40 years of photography at Christian Brothers Camera Club in north Belfast. PICTURE: COLM LENAGHAN
A exhibition of Hugh Russell’s work to celebrate 40 years of Photography at Christian Brothers camera Club in North Belfast.
Enjoying an exhibition of Hugh Russell’s work to celebrate 40 years of photography at Christian Brothers camera Club in north Belfast. PICTURE: COLM LENAGHAN
Kathy Russell (wife) and children  Hugh , Hayley, James and Callum with members of the camera club at  A exhibition of Hugh Russell’s work to celebrate 40 years of Photography at Christian Brothers camera Club in North Belfast. 
PICTURE COLM LENAGHAN
An exhibition was staged of the late Hugh Russell’s work to celebrate 40 years of photography at Christian Brothers Camera Club in north Belfast. PICTURE: COLM LENAGHAN
A exhibition of Hugh Russell’s work to celebrate 40 years of Photography at Christian Brothers camera Club in North Belfast.
An exhibition of the late Hugh Russell’s work has been held to celebrate 40 years of photography at Christian Brothers Camera Club in north Belfast. PICTURE: COLM LENAGHAN
Kathy Russell (wife) and children  Hugh , Hayley, James and Callum with members of the camera club at  A exhibition of Hugh Russell’s work to celebrate 40 years of Photography at Christian Brothers camera Club in North Belfast. 
PICTURE COLM LENAGHAN
Hugh Russell's wife Kathy and children Hugh, Hayley, James and Callum, with members of the Christian Brothers Camera Club. PICTURE: COLM LENAGHAN
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
Hurdling, by Hugh Russell
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
South Armagh victims' campaigner and flag protester Willie Frazer
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
Jimmy White during a game with Chris Wakelin at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast during the Northern Ireland Open
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
The Dark Hedges in Co Antrim
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
Wife-carrying at the Dalriada Festival
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
The Fall of Fashion takes to the street of Belfast
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
Beirut hostage Brian Keenan returns to Belfast after more than four years in captivity
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
It's Time for a Fair Deal, Peter... The DUP's Ian Paisley and Peter Robinson at a manifesto launch
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
Loyalist leader Jackie McDonald at the Bobby Sands mural
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
Gerry Conlon leaves London's Old Bailey a free man in 1989
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
Love your neighbour in Ardoyne, north Belfast
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
Shannon Sickles and Grainne Close become the first same-sex couple in the UK to celebrate at civil partnership at Belfast city hall
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness lets one get past him outside Stormont
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
Diving at Bangor's Aurora Aquatics & Leisure Complex
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
Northern Ireland fans at the Belfast Fanzone
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
Galway's Niall Collins wins the ball over Kilkenny’s Shane Staunton
Hugh Russell 40 years in photography
Thomas Mackle during the Ulster Road Bowls final in Armagh