The festival of political photography

To the Third Generation
1/30/2015 - 4/12/2015

The festival of political photography presents series from seven photographers from around the world who all want to make statements about social issues they find important. Most of the series are being shown in Finland for the first time.



Photo: Farzana Wahidy, from the series Afghan Women



leena saraste

February 11 - April 12, 2015

A photographic artist, researcher, photojournalist, teacher, and developer of artistic research – the extensive influence of Leena Saraste (born 1942) on Finnish photography cannot be overstated.

The exhibition shows the different facets of Saraste's work, from the photographs she took for various women's magazines to photographs from her many trips to the Middle East



Beirut, 1980. Photo: Leena Saraste.


Project space: Family album


Susanna Kekkonen & Anna-Sofia Berner: Family album

January 30 - March 15, 2015

Family Album features a series of family portraits with children from divorced families. The main character of each photograph is a child whose parents have divorced. The idea has been to assign the power to define a family to the person who did not have this opportunity at the time of the divorce: the child.



Museum's archives online


View, comment on and use our photographs!

We are improving the accessibility of our collections, by making photographs available on Flickr and the Kuvia kaikille website.


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online exhibitions


Welcome to our online exhibitions From Misty Morning to Composition – Art Photography in Post-war Finland and Nature Photographs of the Year in Finland.

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Picks from the Collection


Picks from the Collection is the series, which presents photographs belonging to the collection.


public programmes

Kova - engaging diverse audiences


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.


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I.K. Inha's photos show Helsinki in 1908 - and they're free to be browsed and to used

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. 


PURKU-KLUBI: Diving through the Archive Jan 28, 6-8pm

The Finnish Museum of Photography's Purku-klubi Diving Through the Archive introduces the use of archives in contemporary art practice. New York-based curator Boshko Boskovic will host a talk uniting the perspectives of artists, curators and museum professionals around the theme of the use of archives in contemporary art.

Wednesday 28 January, 18:00 - 19:45, at the Finnish Museum of Photography. Free entrance!

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Meet the critics: A series of public lectures brings world-renowned critics to Finland

The Finnish Museum of Photography and the unit of Photography at the Department of Media at Aalto University are arranging a series of joint lectures where you will have the opportunity to hear the views and perspectives of world-renowned critics, curators, museum directors and other professionals from various fields of art. If you missed a lecture, you will be able to see the video here on the museum's website!


The History of the Finnish Museum of Photography


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.


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