Published by: Kehrer Verlag in 2009.
Format: 31 x 24.5 cm, hardcover
Pages: 88 pages, 60 color illustrations
Text by: Andréa Holzherr
Artist: Riitta Päiväläinen
Finnish photographer Riitta Päiväläinen’s work could be defined as the emotional archaeology of the ordinary. Using old clothes she finds in secondhand shops and flea markets, Päiväläinen creates installations in landscapes and photographs them. For Päiväläinen, the clothes are vestiges of human beings, retaining traces of the history of the person who wore them long after being discarded. The garments represent both the presence and the absence of their former owners. Päiväläinen uses the properties of the landscape in Finland, England or Japan, as a stage for displaying the clothes. By soaking them in water and placing them outside in the Finnish winter, for example, the garments freeze solid, filling out as if someone were wearing them. This gives them a sculptural quality and opens manifold metaphorical and narrative possibilities.
Published by: Hatje Cantz in 2009
Format: 30.90 x 27.60 cm, hardcover
Pages: 120 pages, 77 illustrations, 69 in color
Texts: Jorma Puranen, Liz Wells
Artist: Jorma Puranen
Design by: Jorma Hinkka
"In Icy Prospects I have expressly reflected on the nature of the painterly, the sublime, and the mysterious.” Jorma Puranen
His latest series, Icy Prospects, was inspired by the ways the great explorers as well as today’s tourists to the North Pole are fascinated by the arctic landscape. Puranen painted a board with black, high-gloss acrylic and then took long exposures of the icy landscapes mirrored in this wooden surface. The results are extremely painterly, highly aesthetic, fragmented impressions of nature in which the ground, the brushstroke, and the reflection are inseparably superimposed. In this way, the photographer creates a relationship between the philosophical concept of the "sublime terror” of the forces of nature and his own experience of life in these regions, typifying the north as a projection surface for fantasies and the imagination.
Published by: Hatje Cantz in 2009.
Format: 27.80 x 23.60 cm, hardcover
Pages: 144 pages, 75 color illustrations
Text by: Ville Lenkkeri
Artist: Ville Lenkkeri
The artist Ville Lenkkeri made several visits to two Russian towns on Spitzbergen. To him, a now-deserted mining settlement appeared "not as a depressing . . . scar on the Arctic landscape, but as a formerly just and happy commonwealth . . . where competitive hierarchies had been abolished in favor of equality.” The journey became a "personal quest for alternative ways of living,” the place itself "a utopia in many respects, not least for having failed to exist” (Ville Lenkkeri).
Hatje Cantz published Lenkkeri’s debut book, Reality in the Making, in 2006, and the reception was enthusiastic: "If the strength of Finnish photography is in gathering together irony, skillful craftsmanship, humor, and reflection on media, then it has found one of its most talented representatives in Ville Lenkkeri,” wrote PHOTO International.
Published by: Hatje Cantz in 2009
Format: 29,50 x 24,60 cm hardcover
Pages: 192 pages., ca. 192 color illustrations
Edited: University of Art and Design, Helsinki (TaiK),
Now: Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Texts: Timothy Persons, Katrin Hiller von Gaertringen and Janne Gallen-Kallela-Sirén
Artists: Pasi Autio, Wilma Hurskainen, Hannu Karjalainen, Kalle Kataila, Milja Laurila, Anni Leppälä, Noomi Ljungdell, Susanna Majuri, Nelli Palomäki, Tuomo Rainio, Mikko Sinervo, Ea Vasko, Niina Vatanen, Saana Wang, Dagmar Weiss / Carsten Benger, Pernilla Zetterman
Design by: Margarethe Hausstätter, Claudia Stein
"Do we need a fresh wind? Then hold on, here it is. Even more, it is a literal storm of images that is blowing our way from Finland." This is what the German Press Agency wrote about the first two volumes of the Helsinki School series, which triggered a great deal of enthusiasm, even outside of the photography scene. The new third volume continues in this vein, introducing promising young photographers from that talent forge way up north, TaiK, the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. The school teaches a very special approach to photography: not just particular ways of thinking about it, but also the notion of the camera as a conceptual tool - and all of this allows each generation a chance to reinvent itself. In this new volume, Timothy Persons and Katrin Hiller von Gaertringen introduce seventeen young artists and their incredibly multifaceted, experimental works of great technical perfection.