August 25, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Main exhibition space
Our main exhibition this autumn surveys a decade of work by acclaimed American photographer Alec Soth (b. 1969). It brings together four of his major works – Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004), Niagara (2006), Broken Manual (2010) and Songbook (2014).
10 June – 28 August
Jaakko Kahilaniemi inherited 100 hectares of forest as a 9-year-old, but never really thought about what it means. In his series of photographs and drawings he creates a visual world to help understand ownership, forest and change in perception.
May 18 – August 14, 2016
Finnish design had its heyday in the 1950s. Successful designers had a trusted go-to photography partner in Finland: the Pietinen family business and, in particular, the brothers Otso and Matti Pietinen.
The daguerreotype was the first commercially successful photographic process (1839-1860) in the history of photography.
Daguerreobase is a public platform for sharing Europe’s earliest photographs.
Welcome to our online exhibitions From Misty Morning to Composition – Art Photography in Post-war Finland and Nature Photographs of the Year in Finland.
Picks from the Collection is the series, which presents photographs belonging to the collection.
KOVA is an audience development project that aims to improve the accessibility of the museum's collections and to engage diverse audiences in making and experiencing art. The project presents photographic art and culture to the residents of Kontula and Mellunkylä at Galleria Kontupiste.
May 27 – August 14, 2016
The Finnish Museum of Photography, Process space
Places of Life is a photography exhibition where a group of nursing home residents, along with their loved ones, share stories and pictures of places that are significant to them. Together with photographer Helena Inkeri, the participants have revisited the locations where something joyful or exhilarating, something truly memorable has happened.
In the Open call for exhibitions at Project Space in 2017, The Finnish Museum of Photography received 420 applications – a record number. More than half of the applications were by non-Finnish artists.
The Museum jury chose five artists to exhibit in 2017.
Our new project, starting this spring in the Helsinki suburb of Vuosaari, will bring a multitude of events and exhibitions, including photography, audio and video workshops, for the youth in Vuosaari.
The project is carried out with the support of the City of Helsinki Cultural Office, and is a part of the Helsinki Model. The aim is to diversify and create a balance between the arts and cultural activities offered in various parts of the city.
Photo albums are everywhere: we carry them on our phones, in changing situations and living environments – sometimes even across borders and through continents.
This spring, museology students from University of Helsinki and our museum's collection curators are collecting a sample of mobile phone photographs, donated to the museum by asylum seekers in Finland.
In the project, the donors share their stories about the pictures that they've picked out, and together the whole project team will discuss contemporary visual culture and the photography cultures among asylum seekers.
Every year, artists can apply to exhibit at our Project space in an open call. In 2015 we received a record number of applications: 300. Almost half of the applications were by non-Finnish artists.
The overall quality of the applications was very high, and choosing five exhibitions out of 300 was not an easy task.
At the exhibition Darkroom, you will come across a number of different terms related to photography and work in the darkroom. Use our glossary to check what they are all about!
Born from a collaboration between the Finnish Museum of Photography, software company Futurice and the academic world, #snapshot is a groundbreaking photographic exhibition which focuses on the effect the Internet has on everyday photography. In June, #snapshot was one of the most popular exhibitions of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg, one of the biggest of its kind in Europe.
Otava Publishing Company, one of the oldest in Finland, has donated a collection of 3 300 photographs from its archives to the Finnish Museum of Photography. The collection includes images taken between the World Wars by many legendary photographers.
The year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great Finnish photographer I.K. Inha. To celebrate that, we just published a set of the photos that he took of Helsinki in 1908. During early summer mornings and quiet summer evenings, Inha photographed Helsinki's historical city center, handsome new buildings, sea sides and parks.
The Foundation for the Finnish Museum of Photography was set up by Finland`s main photographic organizations on 6.5.1969. The Museum’s first exhibition and storage spaces were at Korkeavuorenkatu Street 2 in Ullanlinna, Helsinki.
The Finnish Museum of Photography
The Cable Factory
Address: Tallberginkatu 1 C 85, 00180 Helsinki
Exhibition information: +35896866 3621
Office Tue-Fri 9-15, +35896866 360
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11-18, Wed 11-20, Mon closed.
Admission fees: 8 / 5 €,
Under 18 years-olds free entrance.
Free admission on the last Wed of the month from 5 to 8 pm.
Free entry with Museokortti!
Free entry with Helsinki Card!
Picture Service and library
Please note that Picture Service and library are closed for summer from 9 June to 9 August, 2016.
Accessibility: The Museum is fully accessible.
The Cable factory is located 300 metres from Ruoholahti metro station. By Tram: 8, By Bus: 20, 21V, 65A, 66A