Aki-Pekka Sinikoski is known as a multi-faceted portrait photographer whose works have been exhibited both in Finland and internationally. His pictures are colorful, tenderly humourous, but touching. Sinikoski describes his artistic photo production methods as lengthy and time consuming. According to Sinikoski this is because of the exceptional scope of documentary series, but also due to his wish to capture the passing of time. As a matter of fact he admits to being already hopelessly nostalgic at the age of five. He is not looking for decisive moments but rather the stagnant feeling just after these moments.
Sinikoski has studied in Kunstakademiet at Kunsthøgskolen in Bergen, Norway and graduated with a Masters of the Arts at the Aalto University, Finland. He has also worked as an executive producer and curator of the Helsinki Biennale exhibitions since 2006.
Aki-Pekka Sinikoski & Astrid Sinikoski: Ghosts Watching Over Me
Ghosts Watching Over Me is a photographic diary we have been working on together with my daughter since 2011, when she was four. As kids our fears are often easy to name or recognise. We are afraid of monsters, ghosts, or the shadows behind the curtains. As we get older our fears often get more abstract.
By working together we kind of open up, write out and reconstruct our dreams and fears. By photographing the fears we can tame these faceless creatures and ghosts. They are no longer our enemies, but our servants who are ready to support us and make us feel stronger.
By creating meaningful images for others we have accidentally got meaning in our own lives as well. Our co-operation has become a way for us to spend time together and share our thoughts.
I suggest these photos are dealing with the relationship between father and daughter by documenting our lives, fears, and dreams.
The photos also reflect universal questions parents all over the world ask themselves. Questions of life and death, questions about what kind of future, role models, desires, ideals, thoughts, standards of beauty, consumption models, and memories we give our children.
Aki-Pekka Sinikoski together with Astrid Sinikoski
Born in Minsk, Belarus (1985). She graduated from the Belarusian State University, Faculty of Radiophysics and Electronics in 2008. Finished school of portrait and analogue photography in Minsk in 2014. Finished the Academy of Photography in Warsaw in 2016. Alena took part in solo, group exhibitions and festivals in Belarus, Poland and Finland. Her works are in the public collection at the Kiyosato Museum of Photography Art. Her photos focus on psychology, people and environment relationships. She is also interested in both a memory topic and a mythology in photography. Currently Alena lives and works in Warsaw, Poland.
Hi, I am Ben Maier a people and documentary photographer. Currently based in The Hague, The Netherlands.
I’m searching for stories that feed my creativity. As an explorer of cultures and places I am always curious about the world and the unseen. I believe in photographs which tell a powerful story themselves and which are good parts of a series. I learned about cultures and diversity, experienced true hospitality and made friendships which matter. I want to use the power of images I create to show the beauty and diversity of our planet – it’s important for me to see humans peacefully united.
Beka Javakhishvili was born on February 20, 1982, in Tbilisi. In 2003, after graduating from Tbilisi Agriculture Univesity, he changed his career and got engaged in photography.
Since 2008 Beka has been actively involved in photography. His main focus is street life, where he mainly uses the black-and-white technique.
Beka's works have been exhibited several times in both group and his personal exhibitions.
Corinne Isabelle Rinaldis was born in 1978, has studied sculpture at the NABA and Brera art academies and acting in Milan, architecture at NABA in Lugano and curating at ZHdK in Zurich. She has worked as an artist manager at Hauser & Wirth art gallery for many years gaining an insight of the various forms and possibilities of artistic expression from different perspectives. She left her beloved occupation choosing to give herself the space and time for just listening. Being her main interest the complexity of human beings, traveling the world to meet other cultures felt like the ideal next “job”.
During her travels she has found the camera to become a trusted partner to sharpen her view, to play in the relationship with people who would not speak the same language, it has quickly become an excuse to deepen her interests and a tool to record the magic she’d encounter while allowing the chance to share it.
Her images permit a glimpse on what might soon disappear from the face of the planet, in the different countries she visits it is easy for her to end up living with indigenous people and learn about their way of living, rituals and traditions, at the same time she observes the homologation happening mainly in cities, our evolution. While discovering, praising and documenting the variety, she wishes to evidence the common points that make us all one.
Born in Stavropol, Russia, in 1974. Eduard Korniyenko became a professional photographer in 2000.
In 2002 he joined the Russian Union of Journalists. At present, Korniyenko is a full-time photo-correspondent for regional news agency Pobeda26 and a freelancer for the news agency REUTERS.
His work as a photojournalist has focused on developments in Northern Caucasus, which has experienced ethnic and intercultural conflict and political and economic instability.
After graduating from Business School and working in an Advertising Agency, where my job was to connect a product with an audience in a creative way, to make up a concept for brand to tell a message, to define the paths of uttering and eventually manage to sell them, I decided, it was quite enough and gave up... trying to connect my own product of exploration with the audience and create a message from my own point of view.
I fulltime switched to photography and mostly work in street and documentary, observing street life of contemporary Georgia and trying to observe transformation of it through the streets.
I started shooting approximately two years ago and photography has become the only tool for me to observe the issues, I was always interested in. Looking at the photographs is the only way for me to perceive the changes we are going through and try to find the reasons of it.
I’m Elene Shengelia, 24-year-old, from Tbilisi, Georgia.
Fausto Podavini was born in Rome, where he currently lives and works. He began his photographic journey first as an assistant and studio photographer, to approach gradually to photo-reportage. Podavini has also been part of MIFAV Tor Vergata University, where got to know and been in contact with many photographers. After abandoning studio photography to devote himself exclusively to reportage, he then embarked himself as a freelance, working with various non-profit organization for the realization of reports in Italy, Peru, Kenya and Ethiopia, where he currently is pursuing some personal photo projects. In 2009 he began a collaboration with the Collective WSP, joined permanently in 2010, where, in addition to work as a photographer in collective projects, he works as a professor of Photojournalism. In addition to his various reports in Africa, South America and India, Podavini has carried out important work on the Italian territory such as a report on sport for disabled, a report in a juvenile prison and a work on Alzheimer's disease, with whom he won the Daily Life section of the World Press Photo 2013.
His works have won international awards such as The World Press Photo in 2013 and 2018, Il Poy in 2016 and 2018, Sony, Yves Rocher Grant and have been published in the most important international magazines such as 6Mois, LeVie / LeMonde, GEO ES, Stern, Internzainale, Donna Moderna, Nathional Geographic, Days Japan and has exhibited in major cities such as New York, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Rome.