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Portrait of a Century is a visual time capsule made up of people who are threaded together through a shared language, culture and nationhood. Each image in the series represents the birth year of the sitter and spans a hundred-year time-period from 1916 to 2015.
Created over two years from 2015 on, photographer Kim Haughton found her sitters in London, New York Los Angeles, Philadelphia and across the Island of Ireland.
Beyond the colour of their skin or the texture of their clothing, many of the portraits reveal something deeper than just the people in them. Exploring themes of nationhood, identity and time, the work is a photographic representation of a nation reflected in those who have shaped it in some way.
Kim Haughton completed her MA at London University of Arts. From Dublin, she was named as an Irish photographer to watch by 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