Photographs by Pertti Kekarainen. Essays by Christoph Schreier and Jan-Erik Lundström.
Photology, Milan, 2006. 124 pp., 50 color illustrations, 8½x10¾".
This survey of Pertti Kekarainen’s photography
from 1996 to the present is organized by series,
from Density to Tila. Kekarainen, a professor at the
Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, is a key figure in
the Helsinki School, and his goal is to represent
invisible but persistent aspects of reality. He takes
an unexpectedly old-fashionedly direct route to a
contemporary end, avoiding digital manipulation
and using only mechanical capabilities of the
camera to dot his images with colored spots like
those you see after staring into a light. In the final
image they appear as shadows and traces left
not by the light but by the relationships of the
people or objects near them, ghosts of ideas and
conversations, akin to the ghosts in early spirit
photography. Kekarainen has shown in Paris,
Rome, Venice, Madrid and Tokyo, as well as all over
Germany and northern Europe, where his work
is widely held by museums.
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