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Temporary Exhibition

Imaging Conflict; photographs from revolutionary era Ireland 1913-1923

Free admission

HE:EW.4451- Album page with hand-written caption showing Eden Quay.

Imaging Conflict displays 150 images and five original photograph books from the NMI’s collection relating to the Irish revolutionary era of 1913 – 1923, as well as images of Irish men and women in conflicts overseas. The majority of the images have not been on display publicly before. 

In this period, photography became more accessible due to advances in technology meaning that this became the first Irish revolution in which members of the public played such a key role documenting.  Consequently, the varied formats – eyewitness snapshots, memorial cards, post-mortem photography, press photographs and staged battle scenes – provide a nuanced perspective of the period.

Imaging Conflict also examines the production and consumption of photographic images in conflict situations and how they can be used as propaganda.


Imaging Conflict will run at the National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks from 14th October, 2022 until 2024. 




Imaging Conflict; photographs from revolutionary era Ireland 1913-1923 is located at:
Collins Barracks ,
Benburb St,
Dublin 7
D07 XKV4

A collaboration with Photo Museum Ireland, the exhibition is part of the Museum’s contribution to the Decade of Centenaries commemorations and is part of In Our Own Image - photography and Ireland 1839-now, a year-long centenary programme surveying the role of photography in recording, representing and shaping Irish cultural identities.

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Decorative Arts & History

Collins Barracks ,
Benburb St,
Dublin 7,
D07 XKV4

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