Portrait of a Century

The story of Ireland from 1916 to 2015 told through the faces of its people. Photographs by Kim Haughton.


Temporary Exhibition Temporary Exhibition

2007 Eunice Adeleye

2007 Eunice Adeleye

Portrait of a Century is a photographic exhibition of one hundred images of people who are threaded together through a shared language, culture and nationhood. Presented for the first time in its entirety, each photograph represents the birth year of the person in it and the series as a whole spans a one hundred year time frame from 1916 to 2015. The exhibition is a photographic representation of a nation reflected in those who have shaped it in some way.

A view of the exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks

Between 2015 and 2016, photographer Kim Haughton sought out people who had a connection to Ireland. Starting with Ken Whitaker, born in 1916 during the rumblings of rebellion to Máire Mhac an tSaoi whose birth in 1922 coincided with the creation of the new state, she trained her lens on familiar faces of people who are woven into the fabric of the Irish arts as well as sporting legends, presidents, public servants, private citizens, pioneering women, dazzling young people and the children of the future to create this visual time capsule of a nation in transition.

1917 Leslie Greer

Kim Haughton is an Irish photographer based in New York.  She completed her MA at London University of the Arts.  In 2015 she was named as an Irish photographer to watch by TIME magazine who described her work as ‘at once sparse and textured’.  She spent the early part of her career as a photo journalist covering post conflict humanitarian issues around the globe.  Her work has been exhibited in London, New York, Oslo and Dublin.  Her images have been included in publications worldwide, including The Financial Times, Der Spiegel and Vanity Fair.  Her work is held in the National Archives of Ireland.

  1955 Colm Tóibín 1991 Michael Conlon

An accompanying book, Portrait of a Century by Kim Haughton, has been published by The Lilliput Press to coincide with the exhibition and is available for sale in the Museum shop.

The exhibition will run at the National Museum of Ireland: Decorative Arts and History from 21st April – 31st December 2017.

1929 Camille Souter