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Helsinki School

Wilma Hurskainen
The Woman Who Married A Horse

Published by: Kehrer Verlag in 2016
Format: ca. 19 x 24 cm, Hardcover
Pages: ca. 152 pages, ca. 92 color illustrations
Texts: Sanna Lipponen
Artists: Wilma Hurskainen
Language: English
Design by: Kehrer Design
ISBN 978-3-86828-744-8

Wilma Hurskainen’s monograph The Woman Who Married a Horse examines the relationship between humans and horses. In art, the horse is a symbol that does not seem to wear out with time; it rather seems to defy definitions. In her images, Hurskainen borrows horse stories from girls’ books and folklore. The book tells about the ability of the photograph to create something dream-like. The seemingly innocent images also raise questions of the meaning of free will, cooperation, responsibility, and language. Communication between two species is possible but it is always limited. The animal seems to have served as a mirror in which humans see a reflection of themselves, a reflection they have no other access to. But the more instrumental the human being’s attitude towards the animal is, the more muddled his mirror becomes.

Wilma Hurskainen (b. 1979 in Vantaa, Finland) has previously published two monographs: Growth, 2008 and Heiress, 2012. Her works have been on display at several solo and group exhibitions in Europe and Asia.

Mikko Rikala
Towards Nothing

Published by: Lugemik, Tallinn,  2016
Format: ca. 19,5 x 14,5 cm, Softcover
Pages: 150 pages
Texts: Harry Salmenniemi
Artists: Mikko Rikala
Language: English / Finnish
Design by: Tuomas Kortteinen
ISBN 978-9949-9781-6-8

It feels as if there is no time or place. It’s possible that there is no time or place. I feel like saying: as if they were floating.                               Harry Salmenniemi 

Towards Nothing is a book of visual and textual poetry. The title indicates a journey with an unidentified destination, but it is more likely an attempt to reach a state of pure being. Mikko Rikala’s first book is a monograph juxtaposing his photography-based works with a text by the Finnish writer, Harry Salmenniemi.

In his works, Mikko Rikala often investigates the boundaries between rationality and irrationality. The images in the book depict a certain tone of objectivity and reveal a meditative state through Rikala’s way of observation. Harry Salmenniemi’s poetic, diary-like text equilibrates and complements Mikko Rikala’s pictures creating a delicate balance between the sense of rationality and irrationality.

Rikala often utilizes the act of repetition as a metaphor of the passing of time. The content and structure of the book are constructed by the reappearance of certain themes and images. In the work Morning Is Evening in Reverse the traces of sunlight indicate the cycle of a day, measured by the passing of time and the changes of light between sunrise and sunset. As if time would exist in a constant loop; it opens up our senses towards a new way of perception.

Judit Schuller


Joakim Eskildsen
American Realities

Published by: Steidl Verlag, Göttingen,  2016
Format: ca. 24 x 20 cm, Hardcover
Pages: 120 pages
Texts: Joakim Eskildsen, Natasha del Torro, Barbara Kiviat
Artists: Joakim Eskildsen
Language: English
Design by: Joakim Eskildsen
ISBN 978-3-86930-734-3

In 2010 more Americans were living below the poverty line than at any time since 1959, when the U.S. Census Bureau began collecting this data. In 2011, Kira Pollack, Director of Photography at Time, commissioned Joakim Eskildsen to photograph this growing crisis affecting nearly 46.2 million Americans. Based on census data, Eskildsen, together with journalist Natasha del Toro, travelled to the places with the highest poverty rates in New York, California, Louisiana, South Dakota and Georgia over seven months to document the lives of those behind the statistics. The people Eskildsen has portrayed — those who struggle to make ends meet, who have lost their jobs or homes and often live in unhealthy conditions—usually remain invisible in a society to which the myth of the American Dream still remains strong. Many of Eskildsen’s subjects hold there is no such dream anymore — merely the American Reality.

The Helsinki School -
From the Past to the Future

Published by: Hatje Cantz, 2014
Format: 29.50 x 24.50 cm, hardcover
Pages: ca. 256 pages, ca. 180 illustrations
Texts: Holger Broeker, Alistair Hicks,Erika Hoffman-Koenige,
Andréa Holzherr,Timothy Persons, Lyle Rexer, Pari Stave,
Christoph Tannert, Jyrki Parantainen
Language: English
Graphic design by: Hannes Aechter
ISBN 978-3-7757-3901-6
Hatje Cantz

I find it amazing that after twenty years of existence, the Helsinki School cannot be defined by any one fixed point of view. Conceptually there is a red thread connecting one generation to another in the way they perceive and present their ideas but not necessarily in how they apply them.
Timothy Persons (introduction)

Following the first four volumes of the Helsinki School, this new publication looks back at the development of this group of photographers over the past twenty years and traces the emergence of the photographic tendency bearing this name.

In a collection of essays, international curators, art critics, and museum directors describe their encounters with the Helsinki School, from the first exhibitions in the late nineties to the youngest generation of photographers. A discussion between Timothy Persons and Alistair Hicks concludes these contributions. The texts are accompanied by installation shots from numerous international exhibitions, archival materials, books, posters, invitations, and most recent works by the different generations of artists.

Timo Kelaranta
The House of Poets

Published by: Kehrer Verlag in 2014
Format: ca. 30 x 24 cm, hardcover
Pages: 128 pages, ca. 120 color illustrations
Texts: Auli Leskinen, Timo Kelaranta, Timothy Persons
Artist: Timo Kelaranta
Language: English
Design by: Juha Nenonen
ISBN 978-3-86828-517-8

The House of Poets presents photographs by Timo Kelaranta from the past five years. The energy of the magical pictures derives from a combination of play and experimentation that sometimes contains echoes of surrealism. Kelaranta works with found materials, such as metal, plastic and paper, thereby giving the photographs a new, poetic dimension. Most of the photographs in the book are from a recent series on the theme of paper as material. The geometric shapes of a circle, ellipse or drop are repeated in the pictures, yet emptiness also plays an important role, making the pictures approach the boundary between the material and the immaterial, thus adding to them an element of silence and timelessness. Finnish photographer Timo Kelaranta (b. 1951) has worked as a photographic artist since the mid-1970s. He has served twice as Professor of Photography at the University of Art and Design Helsinki (currently Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture).

Hertta Kiiski & Niina Vatanen
Archive Play

Published by: Kehrer Verlag in 2014
Format: ca. 17 x 21 cm, Hardcover
Pages: ca. 64 pages, ca. 38 color illustrations
Texts: Mirjami Schuppert, Monika Fagerholm
Artists: Hertta Kiiski, Niina Vatanen
Language: English
Design by: Kehrer Design
ISBN 978-3-86828-588-8

This book is a playful, tentative and imaginative exploration into the photographic archive as generator of multiple meanings and plentiful source of inspiration.

The bodies of work, Present (Thank You Helvi Ahonen) by Hertta Kiiski and Archival Studies / A Portrait of an Invisible Woman by Niina Vatanen, were created as a response to the Helvi Ahonen collection, housed at the Finnish Museum of Photography. The 5,000 negatives that make up the original collection tell a touching story about the amateur photographer Helvi Ahonen’s life, with all its joys and sorrows.

Archive Play is a joint effort between the curator Mirjami Schuppert and the artists Hertta Kiiski and Niina Vatanen. While it is a culmination of an intensive research and collaboration project, the documentation of the exhibition Glimpses of the Unattainable (Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, spring 2014), it also is an independent work on its own. To accompany the photographs, a further interpretative layer is created by a fictional story written by Monika Fagerholm, an esteemed Finnish author.

Tiina Itkonen

Published by: Kehrer Verlag in 2014
Format: 30 x 24 cm, hardcover
Pages:  ca. 112 pages, ca. 64 color illustrations
Texts: Jean-Michel Huctin
Artist: Tiina Itkonen
Language: English
Design by: Juha Nenonen, Patrik Söderlund
ISBN 978-3-86828-512-3

Avannaa is a selection of Tiina Itkonen’s photographs of Greenland’s landscape in 2002 – 2010. Itkonen has traveled over 1,500 kilometers in the west coast of Greenland by small plane, helicopter, cargo ship, oil tanker, sailboat, small fishing boat, and dog sled. Along the way she has spent time in small villages. Despite the timeless beauty captured in these photographs, there is also a subliminal awareness of the threat to the environment due to global warming.

Tiina Itkonen (b. 1968) lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Since 1995 Itkonen has traveled regularly to Greenland to photograph polar landscape and people. Her work has been exhibited internationally such as at the 54th Venice Biennial, 17th Biennale of Sydney, Danish National Museum of Photography, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Ludwig Museum and New York Photo Festival. Itkonen’s first book Inughuit was published in 2004.

Maanantai Collective
Nine Nameless Mountains

Published by: Kehrer Verlag in 2013.
Format: 17 x 21 cm, Linen softcover with open spine
Pages: 104 pages, 70 color illustrations
Editor: Maanantai Collective
Authors: Maanantai Collective
Artists: Maanantai Collective
Designed by: Maanantai
Language: English
ISBN 978-3-86828-422-5

Maanantai is formed by a group of young photographers from Helsinki. It all started after a succession of Monday meetings, when they decided to escape North to the Norwegian Lofoten Islands, where Nine Nameless Mountains became their story. Challenging the notion of authorship with a body of work made by one common author with 16 eyes, it is a poetical and absurd topographical exploration of the notion of distance and scales – latitude versus altitude.

The book follows the group experimentations, with the mountain as a “leitmotif”, the escaping horizon as a metaphor for life and the impossibility to reach an absolute goal; it revisits the genre of the road-trip with an impish attitude and curiosity towards the unknown. On their way North, the artists played together with natural elements -stones, waves, light, sand, clouds – to create a playfully confusing story, their motive for the celebration of friendship, photography and chance.

“The book was more than any other aspects of the project a space for experimentation, our common territory for tries and surprises. A place where each of us was confronted with the visions of the others and where we could go beyond any individual copyright. We perceived the book as a strong medium; it has its own weight on the ground, like a rock.”

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Niina Vatanen
A Room’s Memory / Huoneen Muisti

Published: Kehrer Verlag in 2013.
Format: 20×24,5 cm, Hard cover

Pages: 160 pages, 90 color illustrations
Preface: Pari Stave

Essay: Pessi Rautio
Design: Jussi Karjalainen
Language: English/Finnish 
ISBN 978–3-86828–420-1

Niina Vatanen’s first monograph, A Room’s Memory, includes four bodies of work created between 2006 and 2012: A Room’s Memory, The Red Letter (and Other Confessions), A Seamstress’s Notes and Grey Diary. Vatanen builds layers into her images through e.g. painting, cutting, bonding, staging and re-photographing. The images emerging interweave into a layered tapestry of time and memory.

Nelli Palomäki
Breathing the Same Air

Published: Hatje Cantz in 2013.
Format: 24.60 x 29.10 cm, Hard cover
Pages: 136 pages, 66 duotone illustrations
Texts: Peter Michael Hornung, Estelle af Malmborg & Timothy Persons
Graphic design: Mikko Varakas
Language: English
ISBN 978-3-7757-3455-4

Nelli Palomäki’s first monograph Breathing the Same Air presents works taken between 2007 and 2012. Palomäki’s timeless black-and-white portraits of children and young adults deal with themes as growing up, memory and mortality. They reveal the fragility of the moment shared with her subject. In Palomäki’s own words: “What I desire to find and reveal might be someone’s secret. These secrets, finally shown to the viewers, as they were mine.”

Niko Luoma

And Time is No Longer an Obstacle

Published by: Hatje Cantz in 2012.
Format: 24.50 x 28.50 cm, Hard cover
Pages: 136 pages, 60 color illustrations
Foreword: Timothy Persons
Texts: Daniel Marzona & Lyle Rexer
Design by: Juha Nenonen
Language: English
ISBN 978-3-7757-3339-7
Hatje Cantz

In his first monograph, And Time is No Longer an Obstacle, Niko Luoma invites the viewer to his universe of light and repetition, including works between 2006 and 2012. Inspired by mathematics and geometry, Luoma focuses on the process as content and creates fascinating, abstract compositions through multiple exposures. With his analogue series based on light and abstract imagery, he is expanding the boundaries of the photographic process.

Sandra Kantanen


Published: Hatje Cantz in 2011.
Format: 24.60 x 28.90 cm, Half cloth
Pages: 128 pages, 70 color illustrations
Foreword: Timothy Persons
Texts: Alistair Hicks & Tomas Träskman
Graphic design: Inger Kulvik-Kantanen
Language: English
ISBN 978-3-7757-3191-1

Sandra Kantanen’s monograph Landscapes, presents works created between 2001 and 2010. Strongly influenced by traditional Chinese landscape painting, Kantanen combines two media and utilizes painterly means to achieve the poetic expression of her works. First printed on hand-painted metal grounds and then digitally processed – creating distortion, blurring, or streaking – the works of Kantanen investigate and expand the boundaries of photography itself.

Joakim Eskildsen
The Roma Journeys / Die Romareisen

Published by: Steidl 2007 & 2009
Format: 23.3 cm x 26.6 cm,
hardcover with a CD of field recordings and music recorded on the journeys
Pages: 416 pages, 274 photographs
Texts: Foreword by Günter Grass, Text by Cia Rinne
Music recordings by Cia Rinne
Music editing by Sebastian Eskildsen
Artist: Joakim Eskildsen
Language: English and German (separate editions)
Design by: Joakim Eskildsen
ISBN: 978-3-86521-371-6 (English)
ISBN: 978-3-86521-429-4 (German)
available (German) from Steidl Publishers