Kenneth O'Halloran comes from a small village in the west of Ireland, where his father is the local undertaker. He completed a course in commercial photography at Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design (now IADT) in Dublin, and after graduating went on to work with Press 22, a photographic agency in Limerick. He then freelanced for a time in Dublin, before joining Independent Newspapers, where he worked for 15 years, ranging from news to sports photography, with regular trips to cover the conflict in Northern Ireland, and to European and World soccer championships. During this time he also traveled with the Irish aid agency Goal to areas of civil unrest and conflict. The first of these trips was to Rwanda in 1994 and subsequently to Iraq following the US invasion, to East Timor, Kosovo and to Banda Ache in Indonesia following the Tsunami. In 2007, O'Halloran left The Irish Independent to pursue a freelance career and concentrate on more personal projects. His accolades include ten Irish Press Photography awards, and he has been a finalist for POYi and the Terry O'Neill awards, among others. O'Halloran has exhibited in Ireland and the UK, and his work as appeared in The Sunday Times Magazine, Paris Match, Time, The Guardian and The Independent.