4.22.2010

PENTTI SAMMALLAHTI: Contemporary Finnish Photography

Cilento, Italy, 1999
Photograph
© Pentti Sammallahti/ All rights reserved


Helsinki, Finland, 1973
Photograph
© Pentti Sammallahti/ All rights reserved


Solovki, White Sea, Russia, 1992
Photograph
© Pentti Sammallahti/ All rights reserved



Varanasi, India, 1999
Photograph
© Pentti Sammallahti/ All rights reserved


Vicki Bohannon, photo-eye Galleries Photographer-at-Large (Vicki creates those perfect Book Tease's as well as redesigning and rebuilding the Gallery space for every new installation), has been a great champion of Pentti Sammallahti long before he became well known outside of photography circles. His exquisite toned gelatin-silver prints are often wait listed.

"Pentti Sammallahti is a benchmark figure in contemporary Finnish photography. His works depict nature eroded and broken down by civilization, but he does not put man and the environment in opposite camps. He sees an equal relationship, in which the power of brotherhood stemming from the environment frees man of his alienation and cosmic loneliness. Sammallahti is also known as a passionate seeker of the perfect printing method. The Opus series, launched by him, is an integral feature of contemporary Finnish book art."–photo-eye

11 comments:

Rachel said...

...wundervolle Fotos, es gefällt mir alles sehr..

herzlich, Rachel

Engra said...

I love the first and second...have a perfect contrast and grays!

Lumilyon said...

Absolutely stunning work: but then I am a fan of the Finnish Eye! I always find something beautiful to enjoy here on your blog.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Awesome. These photos stories within themselves.

claudia luthi said...

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous photographer! I am blown away. And I love, love, love his representations and visions of urban and rural animal life (a theme that has and continues to fascinate, and suprise me).
Pentti Sammalhati is an authentic revelation for me. Thank you so much for sharing!

kathrin said...

wow I like it much ! Kathrin

GYPSYWOMAN said...

just magnificent, these images! but of course, that's the way of this wonderful blog: magnificent! thank you so much for sharing such beauty with us all -

as an aside, i think perhaps i particularly love the way in which the inter-relationship of earth's creatures is portrayed in the last image - so poignantly beautiful!

little augury said...

such beauty.pgt

Caio Fernandes said...

wonderful . the tird one is the kind that always catch my eye .

Aline said...

He is one of my favorite photographers...

Tammie said...

such a strikingly wonderful style!