ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
In 2008, two young photojournalists curated an exhibition called New Generation (www.ngphoto.fi) for The Finnish Museum of Photography. The exhibition presented 44 Finnish photojournalists who had started their careers in the early 21st century. The exhibition was a great success and was also on display in St Petersburg, Russia. It was even greater success in Russia, and one of the most interesting themes of the exhibition was the beauty of freedom of speech and the possibilities it gives.
Seven years later, the same curators, photographers Hanna-Kaisa Hämäläinen and Rami Hanafi wanted to create a new exhibition of the same subject. Now they present Next Generation – young eyes of photojournalism in Valssaamo hall in Cable Factory.
The curators present ten young Finnish photojournalists as an example of the talent in our country. All presented photographers are free photographers, freelancers. As freelancers they are able to use all imaginable channels for their works. It is quite usual these days to see works by Finnish photojournalist in international magazines.
The media has been in turmoil during these past seven years. One of the most radical ideas presented is to economize on photojournalism. The Finnish young generation of photographers does not approve of this idea. For them this is first and foremost a question of free speech and possibility to influence. They consider photojournalism as story telling.
Next Generation -young eyes of photojournalism presents Niklas Meltion’s photos of the Kurds fighting against ISIS, and Meeri Koutaniemi’s portraits of Herero People of Namibia. Almost centennial Finland shows her different face in Aapo Huhta’s photos of his home district Ostrobothnia. Sami Kilpiö has followed financial breakdown in Salo and Esa Ylijääskö has faced Syrian refugees in Turkey. Kaisu Jouppi handles in her photo series the delicate issue of women’s grief after stillbirth. Miikka Pirinen presents children with rare diseases. Maija Tammi’s photos of used radiotherapy masks handles the fear of illness – specified and unspecified. Karoliina Paatos’ photos of gay rodeos in the USA and Touko Hujanen’s photos of Finland’s summer provide the exhibition with tenderness, dance and meaningful encounters.
Finnish Cultural Foundation has supported this exhibition.
For more information, contact the producer Hanna-Kaisa Hämäläinen, firstname.lastname@example.org & phone 0400 80 75 61
OPEN wed-sun September 9th -13th, 2015, 12-18
Opening on Tuesday September 8th, 5-8 pm
Welcome // Free entrance
AVOINNA ke-su 9.-13.9.2015 kello 12-18
Avajaiset tiistaina 8.9.2015 kello 17-20
Tervetuloa // Vapaa pääsy
Valssaamo, Kaapelitehdas // Cable Factory
Tallberginkatu 1 B, 00180 Helsinki, Finland
Hanna-Kaisa Hämäläinen (b. 1975), received her Master of Arts degree from the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 2004. She has worked as a free photojournalist and commercial photographer since the turn of the new millenia. Currently she lives in Muurame. Hämäläinen has worked as a
photoeditor in Photo Raw -magazine (now known as Raw View) and has been working as a producer for several photo exhibitions in Finland. She also teaches photojournalism in Finnish universities. In addition, Hämäläinen has widely given talks in many symposiums in the field of documentary photography and photojournalism.
Rami Hanafi (b. 1979) is a Tampere based photographer specialising in documentary and commercial photography. He has studied photography at the University of Tampere, Danish School of Media Journalism, as well as the International Center of Photography in New York. His work has been featured in numerous esteemed international exhibitions, photography competitions and publications. Hanafi has also been awarded such acknowledgements as “Young Press Photographer of the Year 2006”, ”Foreign Reportage of the Year 2007” by the Finnish Press Photographers Association, as well as first prize in the Multimedia category of the New York Photo Awards 2012 for his documentary film.
Marko Hämäläinen (b. 1972) has been a huge help for NG-team working as an associate producer. Hämäläinen is photography artist and documentarist from Muurame, who reveres camping, art and reality. He is also working as a teacher of photography. The starting point for his artistic work is based on the relationship between man, society and nature. In addition to Finland, his work has been presented around Europe.
Miska Lehto, born in 1992, is a young multitalent mostly focused on retouching. Although he is young, he has designed layouts for Finnish blogs for many years, taught retouching, worked as a freelancer photographer as well as graphic artist and done retouching for photographers, all the while studying photography. Upon graduating he has focused entirely on freelance designing for different purposes.