Ola KolehmainenIt's All One History, Almost

Ola Kolehmainen
It's All One History, Almost

Published by: Hatje Cantz Verlag, Berlin, 2017
Format: 24 x 30 cm, Hardcover
Pages: 128 pages
Editor: Nadine Barth
Text(s): Mark Gisbourne
Artists: Ola Kolehmainen
Language: English
Graphic design by Greige. Mark Kiessling, Birthe Haas
ISBN 978-3-7757-4402-7

Ola Kolehmainen’s (*1964, Helsinki) works are visual journeys to space, time, and light. A graduate of the Helsinki University of Art and Design, and one of the most successful representatives of the first generation of the Helsinki School, Kolehmainen became famous for his method of reducing façades to minimalist details. In his new series, the Finnish photographer, who has been based in Berlin since 2005, focuses masterfully on the space and light in the places where faith is practiced in. Inspired by his exploration of Islamic architecture and mosques in Instanbul, he continued portraying synagogues, mosques, churches, and cathedrals throughout Europe. Kolehmainen’s work here is more narrative. It draws attention to the commonalities and shared histories of the religious spaces, underlining the universal nature of culture or religion.
Berlin, December 7, 2017 – In recent years Kolehmainen has turned more toward the depiction of sacred architecture and adjusted the highly detailed shot in favor of an integrated perspective. Here, he is particularly interested in the relationship of light, space, and time. From 2010 to 2014 the artist visited fifteen European cities to examine the architecture of three religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. His photographs reflect what unites these diverse interiors and exteriors over a time span of more than fifteen hundred years: the sublimity of religious architecture.
In his photographs Kolehmainen places the sacred buildings in relationship to their timelessness and finds that light is the link that connects form, function, and beauty. Light functions as a symbol of spiritual presence, as well as a constant that describes how the historical buildings seem to stand still in time, despite shifting light and seasonal conditions. Hatje Cantz’s publication of It's All One History, Almost is a comprehensive summary of this phase of Kolehmainen’s work. The foreword contains a fictional narrative, supposedly by the monk Polycarp. He imagines a discussion involving Leon Battista Alberti, early Renaissance humanist and author, the Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, and the modern architect Louis I. Kahn about theoretical concepts of aesthetics, as well as the form and function of architecture.
Three levels that correspond in Kolehmainen’s works, in terms of content and form. Using an elaborate process of double exposures, the artist captures the essence of these luminous structures, creating a translation of the universal sacred aspect intrinsic to these buildings. It's All One History, Almost accompanies Kolehmainen’s journey in fifty color photographs, from the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, to St. Peter’s in Rome, to the cathedral in Cologne.


Ola Kolehmainen: Geometric Light

Published by: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig, 2014
Format: paperback
Pages:  72 pages
Texts: Susanna Pettersson, Carol Swords
Artist: Ola Kolehmainen
Language: English /German
Exhibition catalogue
ISBN-13: 978-3863355647
ISBN-10: 3863355644
Ola Kolehmainen: Geometric Light
Ola Kolehmainen: Search for Mastery

Ola Kolehmainen: Search for Mastery

Edited by: Kunstverein Bielefeld, 2004
Text by: Klaus Honnef and Ferdinand Protzman
Artist: Ola Kolehmainen
Language: English
ISBN 3980132064

Ola Kolehmainen
Fraction Abstraction Recreation

Published by: Hatje Cantz in 2007
Format: 34.40 x 28.70 cm, hardcover
Pages: 108 pages, 61 color illustrations
Texts by: Martina Fuchs, Mark Gisbourne, Timothy Persons
Artist: Ola Kolehmainen
Language: English and German
ISBN 978-3-7757-1902-5
out of print
Hatje Cantz

The work of Ola Kolehmainen centers on the exploration of contemporary architecture. Concentrating on the basic structure of architectural façades and interiors, and the strict geometrical order of serial forms, Kolehmainen creates nearly abstract images whose aesthetics are rooted in Minimalism. Disturbing details, called "visual noise” by the photographer, are thereby eliminated. Yet there always appear to be elements that undermine the concept of a clear, orderly structure, such as tree branches covering a section of a façade or mirrored façades reflecting a fragmented view of the world outside. This book is a collection of Kolehmainen’s previously unpublished works, which were created over the past two years.

Ola KolehmainenFraction Abstraction Recreation
Ola KolehmainenA Building Is Not a Building

Ola Kolehmainen
A Building Is Not a Building

Published by: Hatje Cantz in 2009.
Format: 34.20 x 28.70 cm, hardcover
Pages: 132 pages, 88 colored illustrations
Texts by: David Elliott, Alistair Hicks, Timothy Persons
conversation with the artist by Arja Miller, Taru Tappola
Artists: Ola Kolehmainen
Language: English
ISBN 978-3-7757-2366-4
Hatje Cantz

I do not photograph architecture. I use it as raw material. - Ola Kolehmainen

Ola Kolehmainen’s photographs are extraordinarily minimal and almost exclusively depict sections of building façades. They are organized according to strict principles of order, showing rows of repetitive basic patterns or symmetrical constructs. The Minimalist austerity of these images is occasionally broken by elements that circumvent this formalism: trees or houses mirrored in the façades. Kolehmainen’s works are produced using the Diasec process, which means that the environment is reflected in the surface of the photos as well as in the images themselves—a calculated component of his work.

This volume presents many new, previously unpublished photographs, including two monumental five- and eight-part works by the artist. Ola Kohlemainen (*1964 inHelsinki) is a noted member of the Helsinki School, and he primarily regards his works not as photographs of specific objects, but as objets d’art.

Helsinki School:
Neue Fotografie aus Finland

Published: Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Hatje Cantz, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 230 pages
Texts: Holger Broeker, Andréa Holzherr, Timothy Persons
Artists: Joakim Eskildsen, Tiina Itkonen, Pertti Kekarainen,
Ola Kolehmainen, Anni Leppälä, Pernilla Zetterman
Exhibition catalogue
ISBN 3775718885
ISBN 9783775718882
Helsinki School:Neue Fotografie aus Finland
Suomalainen valokuva 1996-1997Finnish Photography 1996-1997

Suomalainen valokuva 1996-1997
Finnish Photography 1996-1997

Published by: Musta Taide, 1997
Format: Softcover
Pages: 99 Pages
Artists from the Helsinki School:
Tiina Itkonen, Ola Kolehmainen,
Jouko Lehtola, Juha Nenonen, Jorma Puranen
Musta taide 1/1997
Language: Finnish
ISSN 0788-2467
ISBN 952-9851-12-x

Nordic Cut - The Helsinki School

Published by: Croatian Photographic Union; First edition
(October 19, 2006)
Pages: 92 pages
Artists: Ari Saarto, Niko Luoma, Hannu Karjalainen, Nanna Hänninen,
Ola Kolehmainen, Jouko Lehtola, Aino Kannisto
Language: English
ISBN-13: 9789537371012
ISBN-10: 9537371018
Nordic Cut - The Helsinki School
LandscapePhotographs of Time and Place

Photographs of Time and Place

Published by: the National Geographic Society, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 167 Pages
Text: Ferdinand Protzman
Artists: Ola Kolehmainen, Jorma Puranen, Ilkka Halso,
Riitta Päiväläinen, Arno Minkkinen, Jari Silomäki
Language: English
ISBN 0-7922-6166-6

Highlighted - Uitgelicht

Published by: Nieuw Dakota, 2010
Artists: IIkka Halso, Nanna Hänninen, Ari Kakkinen, Sandra Kantanen, Aino Kannisto, Pertti Kekarainen, Ola Kolehmainen, Anni Leppälä, Pekka Luuukkola, Susanna Majuri, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Riitta Päiväläinen, Mikko Sinervo, Santeri Tuori, Miklos Gaál, Pilvi Takala.
Exhibition Catalogue
Language: English / Dutch
Highlighted - Uitgelicht
The Helsinki School - Photography by TaiK

The Helsinki School - Photography by TaiK

Published by: Hatje Cantz in 2005
Format: 30 x 24 cm, hardcover
Pages: 240 pages., ca. 180 color illustrations
Edited: the University of Art and Design Helsinki (TaiK)
Now: Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Texts: Andrea Holzherr, Rupert Pfab, Timothy Persons,
Ferdinand Protzman, Jorma Puranen
Artists: Nanna Hänninen, Ilkka Halso, Ulla Jokisalo, Aino Kannisto, Sandra Kantanen, Pertti Kekarainen, Ola Kolehmainen, Janne Lehtinen, Niko Luoma, Riitta Päiväläinen, Jyrki Parantainen, Jorma Puranen, Pentti Sammallahti, Jari Silomäki, Santeri Tuori
Language: English
Design by: Margarethe Hausstätter, Claudia Stein
ISBN 978-3-7757-1575-1

Photography is one of the most successful items of cultural export in Finland. Now, for the first time, the internationally acknowledged artists are gathered together in one extensive book accompanying an exhibition travelling around the world. The Helsinki School presents works from over thirty different artists who have been studying or teaching at TaiK, the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. The goal is to introduce a new approach to where photography is in Finland today. Based on a concept by Timothy Persons and Jorma Puranen the amply illustrated volume presents an astounding overview.

Daegu Photo Biennale 2010: Helsinki School

Published by: Daegu Photo Biennale 2010
Format: Softcover
Text: Walter Bergmoseer,  Timothy Persons
Artist: Joonas Ahlava, Joakim Eskildsen, Ilkka Halso, Tiina Itkonen, Ulla Jokisalo, Aino Kannisto, Hannu Karjalainen, Kalle Kataila, Pertti Kekarainen, Ola Kolehmainen, Janne Lehtinen, Jouko Lehtola, Niko Luoma, Anni Leppälä, Noomi Ljungdell, Susanna Majuri, Nelli Palomäki, Jyrki Parantainen, Riitta Päiväläinen, Jorma Puranen, Heli Rekula, Mikko Sinervo, Niina Vatanen, Saana Wang.
Exhibition catalogue
Daegu Photo Biennale 2010: Helsinki School
nordic now!

nordic now!

Published by: Musta Taide, 2013
Editors: Kragelund, Camilla; Strand, Nina; Shakya, Hannamari
Format: 27 x 22 cm, softcover
Pages: ca. 262 pages
Language: English
ISBN: 978-952-292-005-8
Musta Taide

nordic now! features portfolios by over fifty established and upcoming Nordic artists, and zooms in on five tendencies governing of photography in the Nordic countries today.

The publication includes essays by leading critics and curators from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, and interviews with representatives from Nordic institutions that support and promote photography. These are complemented by an interview with the legendary picture editor Kathy Ryan from the New York Times Magazine, who gives an outside view of Nordic contemporary photography.

nordic now! is based on a seminar that took place during the Copenhagen Photo Festival 2012. The publication is the result of a unique collaboration between the photo magazines Filter, Photo Raw and the art journal Objektiv, and is published by Musta Taide, which is part of Aalto University’s publishing house Aalto ARTS Books.

The Helsinki School New Photography by TaiK

Published by: Hatje Cantz in 2007.
29,50 x 24,50 cm hardcover
232 pages, 187 color illustrations
University of Art and Design, Helsinki (TaiK)
Andrea Holzherr, Timothy Persons
Joonas Ahlava, Joakim Eskildsen, Miklos Gaál, Veli Granö, Ilkka Halso, Nanna Hänninen, Maarit Hohteri, Tiina Itkonen, Ulla Jokisalo, Jan Kaila, Ari Kakkinen, Aino Kannisto, Sanna Kannisto, Sandra Kantanen, Pertti Kekarainen, Ola Kolehmainen, Milja Laurila, Janne Lehtinen, Ville Lenkkeri, Anni Leppälä, Noomi Ljungdell, Niko Luoma, Susanna Majuri, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Jyrki Parantainen, Jorma Puranen, Riitta Päiväläinen, Heli Rekula, Nanna Saarhelo, Pentti Sammallahti, Jari Silomäki, Mikko Sinervo, Marjukka Vainio, Ea Vasko, Pernilla Zetterman
Designed by:
Margarethe Hausstätter, Claudia Stein
ISBN 978-3-7757-1888-2

Based on the success of volume one, the latest installment of The Helsinki School represents one of the most unique approaches to the state of conceptual photography today. Volume two is dedicated to sustaining the dialogue between one generation and another who have either taught, graduated, or attended the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland. It will accompany an exhibition with venues all over the world. This unique, richly illustrated publication, based on a concept by Timothy Persons and Jorma Puranen also looks ahead to the emerging next generation.

The Helsinki School New Photography by TaiK
Next Level Helsinki Issue

Next Level Helsinki Issue

Published by: Next Level projects Ltd, 2010
Artists from the Helsinki School:
Jorma Puranen, Niko Luoma, Santeri Tuori,
Elina Brotherus, Ola Kolehmainen, Hannu Karjalainen,
Ulla Jokisalo, Jyrki Parantainen, Pertti Kekarainen,
Milja Laurila, Anni Leppälä, Susanna Majuri
Language: English
ISSN 1476-4369

Magnetic North: Current Installation Photography in Finland

Published by: New Art Gallery Walsall (Jan. 1 1999)
Edited by: Caryn Faure Walker
Hardcover: 128 pages
Artists: Elina Brotherus, Marjaana Kella,
Ola Kolehmainen, Andrei Lajunen, Jyrki Parantainen
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9515580846
ISBN-13: 978-9515580849
Magnetic North: Current Installation Photography in Finland
Helsinki 10

Helsinki 10

Edited by: Rogaland Art Museum, Stavanger, NO, 2010
Artists: Elina Brotherus, Ilkka Halso
Tiina Itkonen, Aino Kannisto
Hannu Karjalainen, Kalle Kataila
Pertti Kekarainen, Ola Kolehmainen
Anni Leppälä, Susanna Majuri
Language: English
Exhibition catalogue
ISBN 9788292940037

The Helsinki School - From the Past to the Future

Published by: Hatje Cantz, 2014
Format: 29.50 x 24.50 cm, hardcover
Pages: ca. 256 pages, ca. 180 illustrations
Texts: Holger Broeker, Alistair Hicks,Erika Hoffman-Koenige,
Andréa Holzherr,Timothy Persons, Lyle Rexer, Pari Stave,
Christoph Tannert, Jyrki Parantainen
Language: English
Graphic design by: Hannes Aechter
ISBN 978-3-7757-3901-6
Hatje Cantz

I find it amazing that after twenty years of existence, the Helsinki School cannot be defined by any one fixed point of view. Conceptually there is a red thread connecting one generation to another in the way they perceive and present their ideas but not necessarily in how they apply them.
Timothy Persons (introduction)

Following the first four volumes of the Helsinki School, this new publication looks back at the development of this group of photographers over the past twenty years and traces the emergence of the photographic tendency bearing this name.

In a collection of essays, international curators, art critics, and museum directors describe their encounters with the Helsinki School, from the first exhibitions in the late nineties to the youngest generation of photographers. A discussion between Timothy Persons and Alistair Hicks concludes these contributions. The texts are accompanied by installation shots from numerous international exhibitions, archival materials, books, posters, invitations, and most recent works by the different generations of artists.

The Helsinki School - From the Past to the Future