Reflecting 1916

Gallery of Photography programme includes curated photographic exhibition, street-based art installations, outdoor projections and public talks and tours
  March –
May 2016

Sackville Street viewed from above. Image courtesy of South Dublin Libraries

Reflecting 1916 Exhibition                                                                  extended until 8 May 2016
Reflecting 1916 features photographs taken by eyewitnesses to this pivotal period in Ireland’s history, a number of which are being shown in public for the first time.

A centrepiece installation of large-scale photos captures the destruction of Dublin and offers viewers a dramatic, immersive experience. This is contextualised by explorations of the use of photography to represent the idealism and growing militarism of the revolutionary generation. The wider use of photography as a vital tool for propaganda focusses on Roger Casement and his use of photography to highlight crimes against humanity. Casement’s own documentary photographs from the Putamayo offer an insight into his evolution from British imperialist to Irish revolutionary. A further sequence includes images of the widows and orphans of the Rising that were reproduced in the Catholic Bulletin in 1916, highlighting how photography was used to sway public opinion in the immediate aftermath. The final section looks at how the Rising has been represented in subsequent commemorations. Accompanied by a catalogue with essays contributed by leading writers and historians, Reflecting 1916 is an exploration of the role played by photography in shaping our memory of the Easter Rising.

The exhibition draws from our rich photographic heritage held in national collections and private albums and includes photographs generously contributed by the Capuchins Ireland Archive; Dublin City Library and Archive; Irish Military Archives; Kilmainham Gaol; The National Library of Ireland /National Photographic Archive; The National Museum of Ireland; Peter McKee archive;Pearse Museum, St. Enda’s; RTÉ Archives; Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; Trinity College Archives, UCD Archives and archival images on loan from John Osman. Curated by Trish Lambe – curatorial team – Brendan Maher and Niamh Crowley.

 Reflecting 1916 is supported by Dublin City Council  Dublin-City-Council-Logo copy source






Join us this centenary weekend for a free gallery tour on Sunday 24 April at 1.15pm with curator Nimah Crowley.



Archiving and caring for your family photographs    2.00pm – 5.00pm

This 1–day workshop led by Reflecting 1916 Digital Archivist and Curator Niamh Crowley will show you how to look after and digitize your family photographs.
Number of places 8, Fee: €30 per person, Workshops dates: 3 April, 10 April, 17 April and 24 April

Free Guided tours are available on request.


Previous events:


Conn O’Donovan, son of Easter rebel Con O’Donovan giving a talk on Easter Monday as part of the RTÉ Reflecting the Rising day of events here in Gallery of Photography.

Outdoor Projections: Irish premiere of PROCLAMATION – an assertive multi-venue art project by leading figures from the Irish visual art, dance and performance world – engaging with the Centenary of the 1916 Rising. Featured Artists: Jazmin Chiodi & Alexandre Iseli, Andrew Duggan, Olwen Fouéré, Anthony Haughey, Francis Hegarty & Andrew Stones, Nigel Rolfe and John Scott.



RTÉ Reflecting the Rising
Gallery of Photography Easter Monday 28 March
Organised as part of RTÉ Reflecting the Rising
in partnership with Ireland 2016


2.00pm – 3.00pm                                           Family photographs and the Revolution
Speaker: Orla Fitzpatrick, Photo historian and writer
This talk will examine snapshots, family albums, and the work of photographic studios that were active in Dublin both before and after the Rising.  In addition, the Catholic Bulletin’s use of photographic portraits of the widows and orphans of the leaders of the Rising will be explored.

3.00pm – 4.00pm                                            Reflections on Photography and history 1916
Speaker: Dr. Justin Carville Photo historian, writer and lecturer
Illustrated talk will reflect on photography and history in the context of the centenary commemorations.

4.00pm -5.00pm                                             “Pictures in the Hallway”
Speakers: Joe Mooney, East Wall History Group – illustrated talk will discuss how local historians use photographs to build the history of the North Docks during the 1916 Rising. Joe Mooney is a local historian from the East Wall/North Docks.

5.00pm – 6pm                                     Archiving your family photographs
Digital archivists and Reflecting 1916 researchers Brendan Maher and Niamh Crowley will discuss how to look after your family photographs and the basics of digital archiving. 

Free Guided tours: Free tours of the Reflecting 1916 exhibition with relatives of 1916 rebels and the curatorial team at 12 noon and 5pm – admission is free – booking advisable.