Anni Leppälä’s motives derive from memories, loss, longing, and early adolescence, seeking for an experience of connection and closeness but also for the act of recognizing something vaguely familiar through the images. Things are often veiled, hidden or turning away, but are in their own sphere of intense, remote closeness. Photographs transform their subjects and evoke a feeling of sudden recognition, that is not visible on the surface. The connections between the images are essential for Anni Leppälä’s work. The narrations are not linear but can proceed to various directions and dimensions. The layout of the book refers to this way of working – images are overlapping each other, covering and intersecting with each other.
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 2011.
Format: 29.00 x 24.00 cm, hardcover
Pages: 192 pages., ca. 190 color illustrations
Edited: Aalto University - School of Art and Design
Texts: Andrea Holzherr, Timothy Persons
Artists: Elina Brotherus, Nanna Hänninen, Maarit Hohteri Wilma Hurskainen, Tiina Itkonen, Ulla Jokisalo, Aino Kannisto, Sanna Kannisto, Sandra Kantanen, Eeva Karhu, Marjaana Kella,
Milja Laurila, Anni Leppälä, Jaana Maijala, Susanna Majuri, Riitta Päiväläinen, Nelli Palomäki, Marjukka Vainio, Ea Vasko, Niina Vatanen, Saana Wang, Pernilla Zetterman
Designed by: Margarethe 'Hausstätter, Claudia Stein
The fourth volume of the books of the Helsinki School focuses on female artists, inquiring into the possibility of a special female point of view. Innovative concepts and techniques as well as a variety of forms distinguish the work of this generation of photographers – the spectrum ranges from Tiina Itkonen´s documentary style pictures of Greenland and Anni Leppälä´s theatrically staged interiors to the painterly nature studies by Sandra Kantanen.
Published by: StatoilHydro art programme, 2010
Text by: Jens R Jenssen, Timothy Persons
Artists: Anni Leppälä, Elina Brotherus, Aino Kannisto,
Hannu Karjalainen, Pertti Kekarainen, Ola Kolehmainen,
Susanna Majuri, Tiina Itkonen, Ilkka Halso, Kalle Kataila,
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.
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.