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One Hundred Years. One Hundred Portraits. The story of Ireland from 1916 to 2015 told through the faces of its people.

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 in the series represents the birth year of the person in it and spans a hundred-year time-period from 1916-2015. The exhibition is a photographic representation of a nation reflected in those who have shaped it in some way.

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 in 1916 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.


Kim Haughton completed her MA at London University of the Arts. From Dublin, she was named as an Irish photographer to watch in 2015 by TIME magazine who described her work as ‘at once sparse and textured’. She spent the early part of her career as a photojournalist covering post-conflict humanitarian issues around the globe. Her work has been exhibited in London, New York and at the Gallery of Photography and Solomon Fine Art gallery in Dublin. Her pictures appear in publications worldwide including The Financial Times, Der Spiegel and Vanity Fair. Portrait of a Century is her first monograph.

Kim Haughton