|I.K. Inha's photos show Helsinki in 1908 - and they're free to be browsed and to used|
I.K. Inha (1865–1930) photographed city of Helsinki during summer 1908 on a commission from publishing company Werner Söderström Osakeyhtiö Ltd (WSOY). The company was planning on publishing first Finnish guidebook presenting the fast growing, blooming capital city.
During early summer mornings and quiet evenings Inha photographed Helsinki’s historical center, handsome new architecture, sea sides and parks. People and street life are not in the spotlight.
The guidebook, published in 1910, was edited by members of The Nation of Southern Finland. Inha’s Helsinki-series includes ca. 190 photographs: only one third was used in the original guidebook. Majority of the images were later published in the book Kukkonen, Jukka, Toiviainen, Riitta & Westö, Kjell (red.): Helsinki valon kaupunki – Helsingfors med I.K. Inhas ögon. Suomen valokuvataiteen museon julkaisuja 27 / WSOY 2009.
The original glass negatives were donated to The Finnish Museum of Photography by publisher of the original 1910 guidebook, WSOY. Negatives were digitized by Virve Laustela and digitally edited by Timo Lagerström.
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