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Tessa Bunney October 17, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Finland.
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Uimaranta, Finland 2010

Tessa Bunney (b. 1966, England) is a documentary photographer undertaking personal projects and editorial work as well as a wide range of commissions and residencies nationally and internationally. Her most recent project ‘Home Work’ was published by Dewi Lewis in 2010 and was exhibited and published nationally and internationally including the Land exhibition as part of the Noorderlicht Festival, 2010. Previous projects include Hand to Mouth, Lamb and Eat Better and Eat British all of which explore the lives of farmers and small food producers in Yorkshire where she has been living for the past 15 years.  Her current project, Field, Forest and Family, explores the lives of ethnic minority women in South West China. Tessa recently received a grant from the Arts Council, England to continue this work in Laos.

About the Photograph:

“This image was part of a series produced whilst I was artist in residence at Jyväskylä print making center in Central Finland as part of Connections North, International Residency Exchange Project. Jyväskylä being situated in the Finnish Lakeland, an area of more than 188,000 lakes, was an ideal location to explore aspects of the Finnish close relationship with nature. In photographing the uimaranta/ swimming places around the city, my aim was to develop work which explored the interrelations between people and their immediate environment allowing the viewer to reflect on diverse uses of natural landscapes. This work will be exhibited in UK and Finland in 2012 and I am currently working on an artists’ book.”

Dina Kantor June 19, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Finland.
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Jaakov, Helsinki, 2006 from the Finnish & Jewish series

Dina Kantor is a Brooklyn-based photographer who began her career photographing for the Minneapolis City Pages. She received her MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in 2007, and her BA in journalism and studio arts from the University of Minnesota. Dina’s photographs have been featured in various publications including Photo District News. She was named to Heeb Magazines Heeb 100 list in 2007 and has received grants from both the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Finlandia Foundation National. Her photographs have been exhibited nationwide.

About the Photograph:

At the time that this image was made, Jaakov had recently graduated from the Jewish day school in Helsinki and had moved on to a public high school. Jaakov is the son of an American Jewish father, and a Finnish mother who converted. This photo is from a series of portraits that I have been making of the members of the Jewish community in Finland. Finland has a population of 5.3 million people, with only an estimated 1,500 Jews (and just two synagogues). I am interested in how such a small community maintains its cultural identity. (more…)


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