Artist/Photographer/Writer, MA

Born 1960

Lives and works in Mikkeli

Matriculation examination from Pieksämäki Secondary School in 1979. He studied writing in the Institute of Orivesi 1979–1980. He has studied photography in the Helsinki University of Art and Design and graduated as Master of Arts in 2000.

Main Techniques
Photography and mixed media techniques

Group and solo exhibitions regularly since 1980. Latest solo exhibition Sadonkorjuu - Harvest, Korjaamo Galleria, Helsinki, 2008. Published three books.

Other Artistic Activities
Artistic director of Mikkeli Photographic Centre 1989–. Teacher of photography in Lahti Polytechnic, the Institute of Art and Design and the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, 1988–2000. Regional artist of visual communication and photography, Arts Council of Mikkeli Province 1988–1993. Founder member of the Union of Artist Photographers and chairman of the Union 1994–1995.

Artist Statement
During these years I have registered in my mind suitable objects for photography in my neighbourhood. Therefore, I can start from the knowledge of the right place and time for my photography. I deal with constructed landscapes by documenting the flow of events in them. In addition to the notions of time and space, there is also a narrative essence in my latest art works. The creative work is now more and more an everyday job to me. The new works require a lot of design, which is the greatest change that has ever happened in my production. I feel that in the latest exhibitions I have finally found a way of expression which requires no words by using the contemporary digital means of photography in the construction of meaning.


Tuukkala Cemetery, 1200–1400 AD. Mikkeli, 9.9.2009.

© Olli Jaatinen 2014