The Finnish Museum of Photography houses both photographic art and photographic culture in its collections. Among them are works of photographic art, photojournalism, fashion shots, press photos and portraits, by both professionals and amateurs. The museum has a total of 3.7 million prints and negatives.
The collection of the Finnish photographic organizations and the international art photography collection of the former SYP bank form the cornerstone of the museum´s collections. The picture archive of 2.5 million negatives from Uusi Suomi newspaper from 1927-1995 is an important collection of press photographs. The museum´s collection is constantly growing through donations and acquisitions.
Martin Parr: Tupperwareparty, Salford, Manchester, 1985
Picks from the Collection
Picks from the Collection is the series on the Museum’s website, which presents photographs belonging to the collection in both pictures and words.
A SELECTION OF VISIT CARDS FROM 1860’S TO 1920’S
Selection of the visit cards from different decades. From up: Atelier C. A. Hårdh, Helsinki, 1870's. Atelier Eric Sundström, Helsinki, c. 1900. Actress Ida Aalberg as Maria Stuart, Atelier Fritz Hjertzell, Helsinki, 1880. Atelier Apollo, Helsinki, c. 1905-10.
Portrait of an unknowm man. Atelier Eric Sundström, Helsinki, visit card. 1900
Portrait of an unknown child. Atelier Apollo, Helsinki, 1905-10.
Photography production first achieved industrial proportions with the spread of visiting cards in the second half of the 19th century. A photograph was a unique memento. People collected and exchanged visiting cards with their circle of acquaintances, giving rise to family-album culture. The name of the person in the picture is sometimes written on the card, but most of the people appearing in these visiting cards are unidentified.
SAKARI PÄLSI (1882–1965), Finland
FRITZ ENGLUND (1870–1950), Finland
VILHO SETÄLÄ (1892–1985), Finland
KARL-GUSTAV (K-G) ROOS (1937–1976), Finland
These shots taken of Vuokko Nurmesniemi’s dresses by K-G Roos for Marimekko in 1957 represent the very latest in the Finnish fashion photography of their day. They were taken outdoors in natural light: on the shores of Helsinki, in Kaisaniemi Park, on Seurasaari Island, and in Seutula. The pictures were intended to embody naturalness and directness, not something suited to mannequins prancing about in front of a backcloth in a studio. Instead, an attempt was made to give the pictures the feel of real situations.
FOTO JATTA, Finland
KARL-GUSTAV [K-G] ROOS (1937–1976), Finland
An entire 36-frame roll of 35mm film has been printed onto a contact sheet. A ‘contact’ is a photograph made by printing the negative directly onto paper without enlarging it. This is intended to make it easier to look for and select frames to be printed as finished enlargements.
KALLE KULTALA (1924–1991), Finland
KALLE KULTALA (1924–1991), Finland
KALLE KULTALA (1924–1991) Finland
Minister of Education Paavo Väyrynen was only 30 years old, but already an experienced politician. He was President Kekkonen’s trusted ally, and his career was predicted to continue its meteoric rise. Kalle Kultala was ‘Kekkoslovakia’s’ number-one photographer, and his camera followed the President along forest tracks and on long-distance journeys. Press photographer Kultala was at his best when working among politicians and other wielders of power. So it is hardly a surprise that he was rewarded for his achievements with the Pro Finlandia medal, or that 200,000 of Kultala’s photographs were archived on the initiative of the Ministry of Education.
MERJA SALO (b. 1953) Finland
Carnivals are rare in Finland, but on May Day people go out into the streets and squares in droves. Dressing up and wearing masks is all part of the fun.
JOUKO LESKELÄ (b. 1956) Finland
For Jouko Leskelä, street photography means snapping pictures freely and staying alert while he is in the street.
BEN KAILA (b. 1949), Finland
Two prints of the same picture. One was acquired for the Museum’s collection of works and has been handled with cotton gloves. The other is a commercial image available through the photo agency Gorilla, and may, for instance, have been printed in brochures or adverts. Gorilla, which began operations in 1987, was a photo agency owned by the photographers themselves, with Ben Kaila being one of the founder members.
MARTIN PARR (b. 1952), Great Britain
The photos in The Last Resort series were taken in England’s traditional New Brighton beach resort. The place, which enjoyed its days of greatest splendour at the start of the 20th century, has declined over the years.
PETTERI BÜLOW (b. 1961), JUHA SAARI (b. 1964) & TOUKO YRTTIMAA (b. 1947), Finland
Petteri Bülow, Juha Saari and Touko Yrttimaa’s digitally manipulated photographic works have been made using the ‘Quantel Paintbox’ in YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company’s, newsroom. The pictures were displayed in May 1990 in the exhibition M - kaupunki etsii manipuloijaa (M – the city seeks a manipulator) at Laterna Magica gallery, where digitally produced works were shown for the first time in Finland.
MARKUS JOKELA (b. 1952), Finland
Markus Jokela, together with journalist Ilkka Malmberg, has made reportages about ordinary Finnish everyday life for Helsingin Sanomat newspaper’s Kuukausiliite (monthly supplement). In the pictures junk is left lying around, while the camera flash sprays out an even light.
HANNA WESELIUS (b. 1972) Finland
Mary, who was about 80 when the photograph was taken, is an ex-Catholic nun who used to wander around flea markets looking for elegant outfits. The clothes in the picture were a recent purchase for some friends’ wedding.
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