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.