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Jouko Lehtola
No Mercy

Published by: Kehrer Verlag in 2013
Format: Hardcover, 28 x 26 cm
Pages: 160 pages, ca. 70 color illustrations
Editor: Jouko Lehtola Foundation
Texts: David Elliott, Stefan Bremer, Timothy Persons
Artist: Jouko Lehtola
Language: English/Finnish
Design by: Margarethe Hausstätter, Claudia Stein
ISBN 978-3-86828-437-9
Kehrer

The book is a retrospective of all the major bodies of work that comprise the photographic career of Jouko Lehtola (1963 – 2010). His career began in the 1990s, with photographs of rock stars and people attending music festivals. Over the years, his themes became more sombre and socially critical and defined the Finnish urban youth culture. He also raised the issues of domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse and our social taboo’s towards sexual deviations that exist on the fringes of our society.

A Book of Lies
Väritettyjä totuuksia

Published by: Aalto Arts Books, 2013
Editors: Aukusti Heinonen, Teemu Lehmusruusu
Format: 170 x 235, pages, Softcover
Artists from the Helsinki School:
Eeva Hannula, Eeva Karhu, Tanja Koljonen
Language: English / Finnish
Musta Taide
ISBN 978-952-292-002-7

nordic now!

Published by: Musta Taide, 2013
Editors: Kragelund, Camilla; Strand, Nina; Shakya, Hannamari
Format: 27 x 22 cm, softcover
Pages: ca. 262 pages
Language: English
ISBN: 978-952-292-005-8
Musta Taide

nordic now! features portfolios by over fifty established and upcoming Nordic artists, and zooms in on five tendencies governing of photography in the Nordic countries today.

The publication includes essays by leading critics and curators from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, and interviews with representatives from Nordic institutions that support and promote photography. These are complemented by an interview with the legendary picture editor Kathy Ryan from the New York Times Magazine, who gives an outside view of Nordic contemporary photography.

nordic now! is based on a seminar that took place during the Copenhagen Photo Festival 2012. The publication is the result of a unique collaboration between the photo magazines Filter, Photo Raw and the art journal Objektiv, and is published by Musta Taide, which is part of Aalto University’s publishing house Aalto ARTS Books.

Maanantai Collective
Nine Nameless Mountains

Published by: Kehrer Verlag in 2013.
Format: 17 x 21 cm, Linen softcover with open spine
Pages: 104 pages, 70 color illustrations
Editor: Maanantai Collective
Authors: Maanantai Collective
Artists: Maanantai Collective
Designed by: Maanantai
Language: English
ISBN 978-3-86828-422-5
http://www.artbooksheidelberg.com/html/detail/de/maanantai-978-3-86828-422-5.html

Maanantai is formed by a group of young photographers from Helsinki. It all started after a succession of Monday meetings, when they decided to escape North to the Norwegian Lofoten Islands, where Nine Nameless Mountains became their story. Challenging the notion of authorship with a body of work made by one common author with 16 eyes, it is a poetical and absurd topographical exploration of the notion of distance and scales – latitude versus altitude.

The book follows the group experimentations, with the mountain as a “leitmotif”, the escaping horizon as a metaphor for life and the impossibility to reach an absolute goal; it revisits the genre of the road-trip with an impish attitude and curiosity towards the unknown. On their way North, the artists played together with natural elements -stones, waves, light, sand, clouds – to create a playfully confusing story, their motive for the celebration of friendship, photography and chance.

“The book was more than any other aspects of the project a space for experimentation, our common territory for tries and surprises. A place where each of us was confronted with the visions of the others and where we could go beyond any individual copyright. We perceived the book as a strong medium; it has its own weight on the ground, like a rock.”

Further information:
www.deutscher-fotobuchpreis.de/html/sieger.htm
http://www.artbooksheidelberg.com/html/de/aktueller_verlagstip.html
http://cargocollective.com/maanantaicollective

Niina Vatanen
A Room’s Memory / Huoneen Muisti

Published: Kehrer Verlag in 2013.
Format: 20×24,5 cm, Hard cover

Pages: 160 pages, 90 color illustrations
Preface: Pari Stave

Essay: Pessi Rautio
Design: Jussi Karjalainen
Language: English/Finnish 
ISBN 978–3-86828–420-1
http://www.artbooksheidelberg.de/html/detail/de/niina-vatanen-978-3-86828-420-1.html

Niina Vatanen’s first monograph, A Room’s Memory, includes four bodies of work created between 2006 and 2012: A Room’s Memory, The Red Letter (and Other Confessions), A Seamstress’s Notes and Grey Diary. Vatanen builds layers into her images through e.g. painting, cutting, bonding, staging and re-photographing. The images emerging interweave into a layered tapestry of time and memory.

Nelli Palomäki
Breathing the Same Air

Published: Hatje Cantz in 2013.
Format: 24.60 x 29.10 cm, Hard cover
Pages: 136 pages, 66 duotone illustrations
Texts: Peter Michael Hornung, Estelle af Malmborg & Timothy Persons
Graphic design: Mikko Varakas
Language: English
ISBN 978-3-7757-3455-4
http://www.hatjecantz.de/nelli-palomaeki-5355-1.html

Nelli Palomäki’s first monograph Breathing the Same Air presents works taken between 2007 and 2012. Palomäki’s timeless black-and-white portraits of children and young adults deal with themes as growing up, memory and mortality. They reveal the fragility of the moment shared with her subject. In Palomäki’s own words: “What I desire to find and reveal might be someone’s secret. These secrets, finally shown to the viewers, as they were mine.”