Portrait of a Century

By: Kim Haughton

Publication Date: 6 June 2017

(2 customer reviews)


Kim Haughton’s new body of work Portrait of a Century offers a stunning portrait of contemporary Ireland as it reflects upon the centenary of the nation’s birth in 1916. Resilience, intimacy, youth – these 100 photographs portray an Ireland at the precipice of change.

The poet, the sporting hero, the hopeful youth and nostalgic aged – Haughton’s vision of Ireland is one eclipsing past and present, a vision of the Irish nation seen through the prism of its people.

Between 2015 and 2016, one hundred people were invited to participate in Portrait of a Century, each born in a different year, beginning with T. K Whitaker (b. 1916) and ending in 2015. The resulting images are a fascinating depiction of contemporary Ireland, reflected in the diversity of its people and sense of nationhood and culture today.

In spring 2017 the entire collection will be published in Haughton’s first monograph. The publication will coincide with a major exhibition of the work at the National Museum, Collins Barracks, to be launched by the President of Ireland.

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best, and Kim Haughton’s project Portrait of a Century is genius in both its simplicity and impact.’ – THE IRISH TIMES


Kim Haughton is a photographer from Dublin, Ireland. She studied at Dublin Institute of Technology and completed an MA at the University of the Arts, London.  A multi-award winner at Press Photographers Association of Ireland Photojournalism Awards, her images have appeared in publications such as TIME, Vanity Fair, Financial Times, Business Week and The Guardian among others. Recipient of numerous bursaries highlighting humanitarian issues in developing countries, she has also collaborated with NGOs on fundraising projects. She is currently based in New York and Dublin.




2 reviews for Portrait of a Century

  1. Lilliput Press

    Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best, and Kim Haughton’s project Portrait of a Century is genius in both its simplicity and impact. The Irish photographer and documentary maker has photographed 100 people, one born in each year since the foundation of the State. The result is a compelling exhibition and book that, quite literally, shows the changing face of Ireland. – The Irish Times

  2. Lilliput Press

    ‘Portrait of a Century’ has been described as a time capsule, and Haughton’s images capture the changing contours and contexts of modern Ireland. These reminders of face, place and identity are an unusual way to revisit the visions and values of the 1916 Proclamation, and to reflect on what it means to be Irish at the end of the first century of this nation state. – Stephanie Mcbride

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Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 254 × 304 mm

Illustrated Hardback: 224pp

Publication Date

6 June 2017

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