Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Michael Donald has lived in London for 20 years. He has been published in most countries in the world and has exhibited several times in The National Portrait Gallery in London, as well as the Museum of London, and in L.A., New York, Berlin and Paris, winning numerous awards along the way.
In 2010 he conceived the project ‘I Scored a Goal in the FIFA World Cup Final’, photographing, filming and interviewing every living person who has ever scored a goal in the World Cup Final. The project was published worldwide and the film was nominated for a Sports EMMY.
Recently, he has worked with the Rolling Stones shooting portraits of the band members past and present for the film ‘Stones in Exile’. His picture of Charlie Watts was part of the National Portrait Gallery Photographic Prize exhibition.
Since its inception in 1930 only 56 people have scored a goal in the World Cup Final. Of those 35 are alive today. It includes bathroom salesman Dick Nanninga, vintner Paulo Rossi, and retired insurance salesman Martin Peters. It does not include Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona, David Beckham, or Lionel Messi. It is the most exclusive club in football.