Otava donates a remarkable collection of photographs to the Finnish Museum of Photography



Heinrich Iffland: Harry Tilgmann, 1933. Otava Collection / The Finnish Museum of Photography.

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 donation secures the photographs’ future as a part of national cultural heritage. “In regards to the collections of the Finnish Museum of Photography, this donation significantly completes the big picture we have of photography during the first decades of the 20th century,” says the museum director Elina Heikka.

The donated collection includes photographs from Ivan Timirjasev, Harald Rosenberg, Eric Sundström, Eino Mäkinen, Sakari Pälsi, Paavo Poutiainen and Heirich Iffland, among others. The collection also includes pictures from V. Lindh, the first photographer of the weekly Suomen Kuvalehti (“Finland’s picture magazine”), and from Viljo Setälä who made a long career working for Otava as not only a photographer, but also as a non-fiction writer.

The Finnish Museum of Photography is in the process of digitalizing the collection for further use. As with many other historical collections of the museum, some photographs from this collection are also going to be posted online for everyone to see.

This is not the first donation from Otava to FMP: four years ago the museum received a one-of-a-kind collection of photographs by I. K. Inha, one of the great masters of Finnish photography.



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