Published by: Hatje Cantz Verlag, Berlin, 2017
Format: 24 x 30 cm, Hardcover
Pages: 128 pages
Editor: Nadine Barth
Text(s): Mark Gisbourne
Artists: Ola Kolehmainen
Graphic design by Greige. Mark Kiessling, Birthe Haas
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: Musta Taide, 2013
Editors: Kragelund, Camilla; Strand, Nina; Shakya, Hannamari
Format: 27 x 22 cm, softcover
Pages: ca. 262 pages
nordic now! features portfolios by over fifty established and upcoming Nordic artists, and zooms in on five tendencies governing of photography in the Nordic countries today.
The publication includes essays by leading critics and curators from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, and interviews with representatives from Nordic institutions that support and promote photography. These are complemented by an interview with the legendary picture editor Kathy Ryan from the New York Times Magazine, who gives an outside view of Nordic contemporary photography.
nordic now! is based on a seminar that took place during the Copenhagen Photo Festival 2012. The publication is the result of a unique collaboration between the photo magazines Filter, Photo Raw and the art journal Objektiv, and is published by Musta Taide, which is part of Aalto University’s publishing house Aalto ARTS Books.
Published by: Hatje Cantz in 2009.
Format: 34.20 x 28.70 cm, hardcover
Pages: 132 pages, 88 colored illustrations
Texts by: David Elliott, Alistair Hicks, Timothy Persons
conversation with the artist by Arja Miller, Taru Tappola
Artists: Ola Kolehmainen
I do not photograph architecture. I use it as raw material. - Ola Kolehmainen
Ola Kolehmainen’s photographs are extraordinarily minimal and almost exclusively depict sections of building façades. They are organized according to strict principles of order, showing rows of repetitive basic patterns or symmetrical constructs. The Minimalist austerity of these images is occasionally broken by elements that circumvent this formalism: trees or houses mirrored in the façades. Kolehmainen’s works are produced using the Diasec process, which means that the environment is reflected in the surface of the photos as well as in the images themselves—a calculated component of his work.
This volume presents many new, previously unpublished photographs, including two monumental five- and eight-part works by the artist. Ola Kohlemainen (*1964 inHelsinki) is a noted member of the Helsinki School, and he primarily regards his works not as photographs of specific objects, but as objets d’art.
Published by: Hatje Cantz in 2007
Format: 34.40 x 28.70 cm, hardcover
Pages: 108 pages, 61 color illustrations
Texts by: Martina Fuchs, Mark Gisbourne, Timothy Persons
Artist: Ola Kolehmainen
Language: English and German
out of print
The work of Ola Kolehmainen centers on the exploration of contemporary architecture. Concentrating on the basic structure of architectural façades and interiors, and the strict geometrical order of serial forms, Kolehmainen creates nearly abstract images whose aesthetics are rooted in Minimalism. Disturbing details, called "visual noise” by the photographer, are thereby eliminated. Yet there always appear to be elements that undermine the concept of a clear, orderly structure, such as tree branches covering a section of a façade or mirrored façades reflecting a fragmented view of the world outside. This book is a collection of Kolehmainen’s previously unpublished works, which were created over the past two years.
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 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.