Juha Suonpää Made Research on Finnish Photo Art

Science journalist Kalle Heiska has published a report about the research project Dr. Juha Suonpää made on Finnish photo art. Juha Suonpää is the Head of TAMK Fine Arts Degree Programme.

"Many Finnish photographers with international success have achieved fame in Finland “via foreign countries”. Likewise Finnish photographic art has begun to be increasingly defined through internationalization. Nevertheless photographic art has mostly imparted a traditional image of Finnishness."

The research was carried out during the period 2005-2008 as part of the research and development work of TAMK University of Applied Sciences. Suonpää’s research formed part of the Finnish Museum of Photography project Pohjan Tähdet (Stars of the North) examining the internationalisation of Finnish photographic and video art. The project was funded mainly by the Academy of Finland.
Read the article by Kalle Heiska

Photo: Fine Art Students Elise Mäkitalo (left) and Liina Mäki-Patola (right) contemplating the various alternatives for attaching significance to pictures with Juha Suonpää.
Photographer: Antti Haapio