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In Our Own Image: Photography in Ireland, 1839 to the Present


Free of charge


29/11/2021 - 06/02/2022
11:00 am - 5:45 am


Dublin Castle

Ellie Ushkova age 14, from Confey College, Leixlip , at the launch exhibition for In Our Own Image: Photography in Ireland 1839 to the Present at Printworks, Dublin Castle.

The Printworks, Dublin Castle

Curated by Gallery of Photography Ireland and the Office of Public Works, Dublin Castle, In Our Own Image presents the first comprehensive historical and critical survey of photography from across the island of Ireland. This landmark centenary exhibition charts how the medium has both reflected and shaped Irish cultural identity, from the work of the earliest photographic pioneers up to the emergence of a recognisably modern state.

Throughout the period of intense change that characterised Ireland in the late 19th and into the mid-20th century, we see how photography served as a mirror for shifting experiences of what it meant to be Irish. More than that, it also defined the way we saw ourselves, creating an image of life on the island of Ireland that still forms part of our identity today. In Our Own Image reveals the depth of our shared photographic heritage, viewed through important works by key photographers held in leading archives, cultural institutions, museums, and private collections.

Please note that due to programmed events in the Printworks, the exhibition will be inaccessible on 2–5, 8–9 December; 5–7, 14–15 and 19–20 January; 1 February


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D02 XN27

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