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
Graphic design by: Hannes Aechter
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.
Published by: Hatje Cantz in 2009.
Format: 30.50 x 22.80 cm, hardcover
Pages: 112 pages, 80 color illustrations
Text by: Ritva Röminger-Czako
Out of Print
Hatje Cantz is pleased to be able to present Night Shift, the Helsinki School photographer’s third publication with Hatje Cantz, after Sacred Bird and The Descendants. The setting of Lehtinen’s latest project is a small city in Finland. Between January and December 2006, the photographer prowled its streets at night, camera in hand, and in the process, he also took portraits of the father at six o’clock in the morning, just as he was coming off his night shift at a paper mill. Reality and fiction are blended; real events from the past are revived in staged images. As in his earlier, autobiographically tinged series of works, Lehtinen photographs poignantly reveal the actualities of childhood and make the bonds between the generations visible.
Published by: Hatje Cantz in 2007.
Format: 29.70 x 23.80 cm, hardcover
Pages: 80 pages, 42 color illustrations
Foreword by: Jan Kaila
Texts by: Oiva Lehtinen, Janne Lehtinen, Juha Lehtinen
Out of print
In Janne Lehtinen's autobiographical project, artist takes us to Lehtiskylä, his hometown in the south of Finland, where people believe that all residents will eventually meet with a sad, usually sinister, and absolutely inevitable fate. The images and the accompanying memories—his sick uncle’s little bottles of pills, the corpse in the river, the last meal eaten by Veikko the old horse, a schoolmate’s accident—do not promise better things to come, yet there is a certain beauty to the "curse” of Lehtiskylä. This is a very personal, melancholy album, whose quiet images show Lehtinen and his cousin's journey to the house and places of their childhood.
Published by: Hatje Cantz in 2007.
Format: 29,50 x 24,50 cm hardcover
Pages: 232 pages, 187 color illustrations
Edited: University of Art and Design, Helsinki (TaiK)
Texts: Andrea Holzherr, Timothy Persons
Artists: Joonas Ahlava, Joakim Eskildsen, Miklos Gaál, Veli Granö, Ilkka Halso, Nanna Hänninen, Maarit Hohteri, Tiina Itkonen, Ulla Jokisalo, Jan Kaila, Ari Kakkinen, Aino Kannisto, Sanna Kannisto, Sandra Kantanen, Pertti Kekarainen, Ola Kolehmainen, Milja Laurila, Janne Lehtinen, Ville Lenkkeri, Anni Leppälä, Noomi Ljungdell, Niko Luoma, Susanna Majuri, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Jyrki Parantainen, Jorma Puranen, Riitta Päiväläinen, Heli Rekula, Nanna Saarhelo, Pentti Sammallahti, Jari Silomäki, Mikko Sinervo, Marjukka Vainio, Ea Vasko, Pernilla Zetterman
Designed by: Margarethe Hausstätter, Claudia Stein
Based on the success of volume one, the latest installment of The Helsinki School represents one of the most unique approaches to the state of conceptual photography today. Volume two is dedicated to sustaining the dialogue between one generation and another who have either taught, graduated, or attended the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland. It will accompany an exhibition with venues all over the world. This unique, richly illustrated publication, based on a concept by Timothy Persons and Jorma Puranen also looks ahead to the emerging next generation.
Published by: Hatje Cantz in 2005.
Format:30.80 x 23.70 cm, hardcover
Pages: 80 pages, 35 color illustrations
Text by: Didier Mouchel
Edited by:Le Château d'Eau
Graphic design by: Philippe Le Bihan
Language: English, French, Finnish
"German Photo Book Award," 2005
The desire to fly is as old as humanity itself. Icarus dreamed of it, Leonardo da Vinci became one of the first to invent and build flying machines, and for half a century, people have been flying into outer space. Finnish photographer Janne Lehtinen (*1970 in Karhula) has also dreamed of defying gravity. In his series Sacred Bird, he constantly presents himself with a peculiar flying machine, just about to take off into the air like a bird. Yet considering the simplicity of the makeshift machine, the young man's attempts seem as absurd as they are stirring. Lehtinen's father is a famous Finnish glider pilot, and so the photographs are not just an homage to the myth of flying and the Finnish landscape, but can also be interpreted as an autobiographical investigation. The Sacred Bird series, which Lehtinen worked on for several years, is presented for the first time in this volume.
Published by: Hatje Cantz in 2005
Format: 30 x 24 cm, hardcover
Pages: 240 pages., ca. 180 color illustrations
Edited: the University of Art and Design Helsinki (TaiK)
Now: Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Texts: Andrea Holzherr, Rupert Pfab, Timothy Persons,
Ferdinand Protzman, Jorma Puranen
Artists: Nanna Hänninen, Ilkka Halso, Ulla Jokisalo, Aino Kannisto, Sandra Kantanen, Pertti Kekarainen, Ola Kolehmainen, Janne Lehtinen, Niko Luoma, Riitta Päiväläinen, Jyrki Parantainen, Jorma Puranen, Pentti Sammallahti, Jari Silomäki, Santeri Tuori
Design by: Margarethe Hausstätter, Claudia Stein
Photography is one of the most successful items of cultural export in Finland. Now, for the first time, the internationally acknowledged artists are gathered together in one extensive book accompanying an exhibition travelling around the world. The Helsinki School presents works from over thirty different artists who have been studying or teaching at TaiK, the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. The goal is to introduce a new approach to where photography is in Finland today. Based on a concept by Timothy Persons and Jorma Puranen the amply illustrated volume presents an astounding overview.