Against the Wall: Lypö, Tilkkanen, Mörsky and I (Seinää Vasten: Lypö, Tilkkanen, Mörsky ja Minä). Photographs and text (in Finnish and English) by Pekka Turunen. Designed by Ritva Kovalainen. Kustannus Pohjoinen, Helsinki, 1995. 88 pp. Small folio. (16.25 x x 12 in./41.25 x 30.5 cm.)Hardbound with 1.65 in./3 cm. inlaid enamel medallion; quarter-bound in green cloth. Photo-illustrated dust jacket. 65 color reproductions.
Cited in Parr/Badger, The History of the Photobook, vol. II. "Finnish society became urbanised more rapidly than almost any other in Europe. Just fifty years ago, three out of four Finns lived in the countryside, making their living from the land -- or the forest. Today this applies to only one in three people, and, since Finland joined the European Union, their ranks have thinned even further. Those who have remained in the countryside now have their backs to the wall -- which is precisely where the photographer has put them for the pictures in this book. Against the Wall tells us about Lypö, Tilkkanen, Mörsky and others, who live on Finland's eastern borders. It also tells about a radical change of lifestyle -- of a shift from traditional local culture to being part of an international market. North Karelia in Eastern Finland is one of the country's poorest regions, and unemployment levels are high. But the people there have an extra measure of humour and self-respect; and the courage to take risks and laugh at their own hardships."--the publisher
Fine-; slight imperfection at crown of spine; Fine- jacket with only slight edge wear; tiny tear upper edge of rear panel (3/8 in./1 cm).