Published by: Hatje Cantz in 2006.
Format: 30.20 x 23.10 cm, hardcover
Pages: 144 pages, 60 color illustrations
Texts by: Harri Laakso, short story by Robert Enoch
Out of Print
Before Ville Lenkkeri (*1972) began studying photography at the University of Art and Design (TaiK) in Helsinki, he studied film in Prague and also briefly in London. To this day, cinematography and film influence his artistic approach. In an early series titled Movies, the Finnish artist investigated the relationship between cinema and photography by integrating the factor of time. In his latest work complex, The World As We Know It, Lenkkeri employs a cinematic trick: he photographs settings, such as dioramas in natural history museums or murals in waiting rooms, so that his works move inside the disturbing, unfocused zone between reality and fiction. Reality in the Making presents this cycle of works by the young "Helsinki School” photographer, who already enjoys an international reputation.
Published by: Hatje Cantz in 2009.
Format: 27.80 x 23.60 cm, hardcover
Pages: 144 pages, 75 color illustrations
Text by: Ville Lenkkeri
Artist: Ville Lenkkeri
The artist Ville Lenkkeri made several visits to two Russian towns on Spitzbergen. To him, a now-deserted mining settlement appeared "not as a depressing . . . scar on the Arctic landscape, but as a formerly just and happy commonwealth . . . where competitive hierarchies had been abolished in favor of equality.” The journey became a "personal quest for alternative ways of living,” the place itself "a utopia in many respects, not least for having failed to exist” (Ville Lenkkeri).
Hatje Cantz published Lenkkeri’s debut book, Reality in the Making, in 2006, and the reception was enthusiastic: "If the strength of Finnish photography is in gathering together irony, skillful craftsmanship, humor, and reflection on media, then it has found one of its most talented representatives in Ville Lenkkeri,” wrote PHOTO International.
Published by: Kerber Verlag in 2014
Format: ca 27,00 × 23,00 cm, hardcover, bound
Pages: approx. 208 pages, with numerous illustrations
Edited by: Ville Lenkkeri
Artist: Ville Lenkkeri
Graphic design: Réka Kiraly / Petter Jacobson
The third book of Ville Lenkkeri "Existence Doubtful” consists of pictures from Antarctica and Tierra del Fuego as well as of a text that uses the physical journeys as a frame, but takes side steps to subjects like humanism, colonialism, greed, representation and the potentials of photography. The book celebrates the matters and events of doubtful nature as well as illusions and uncertainties that shake the reality based world order and save us from the expected, safe and control. Ville Lenkkeri's pictures move inside the disturbing, unfocused zone between reality and fiction.
Published by: Hatje Cantz in 2007.
Format: 29,50 x 24,50 cm hardcover
Pages: 232 pages, 187 color illustrations
Edited: University of Art and Design, Helsinki (TaiK)
Texts: Andrea Holzherr, Timothy Persons
Artists: 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
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.
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
Graphic design by: Hannes Aechter
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.