Pentti Sammallahti

Pentti Sammallahti - Photographs -

Feb 5 - Feb 28, 2003
Photo Gallery International

Pentti Sammallahti

Pentti Sammallahti - Photographs -

Feb 5 - Feb 28, 2003
Photo Gallery International

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A Finland’s leading photographer, Pentti Sammallahti is introduced for the first time in Japan.

 

Sammallahti is well known for his photographs of men and animals in daily life captured against the natural landscape. Dogs and a snow-motorcycle left around the corner of a snow-covered hamlet, and a man with a horse plowing the field are some of the typical scenes shown in his photographs. He has visited beyond Finland such countries as Russia, Ireland, Hungary, China, Japan, Nepal and England, and photographed the cultural and natural climate of the countries.

 

He started in 1969 a ten-year project of photographing the origin of Finland, and continued the program after he took a teaching position in 1974. He visited Ireland in 1978 under a three-year state artist grant from his government, and took photographs in Hungary, Japan and China in 80’s. He made frequent trips for photographing the White Sea and the Dovina Karelia region in 90’s. He has been traveling to Portugal, Spain, France and Italy under a fifteen-year state artist grant in 1991, and continues photographing and making prints. 

 

Pentti Sammallahti, a representative photographer of Finland, has been introduced widely in Scandinavian countries, including his own motherland. His work has been recognized also in France, England and the United States since 1ate in the 90’s, and collected in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris and the Pushkin Art Museum, Moscow. 

 

Some 40 black and white photographs taken in Finland, Russia, and many other countries in the 70’s to the present are shown publicly for the first time in Japan.