31 July 2012

Penti Sammallahti

At the Arles Photo Festival, a long grueling day to see as many exhibits as my weary legs could handle in one full day. Yikes! 
One of the biggest surprises was the discovery of the work of Penti Sammallahti, a Finnish photographer born in 1950 and has travelled much of the world hunting down beautiful imagery. What can be better than that if one is an artist? I had never seen his work before and I was smitten. It is both very painterly and very human.

Né en 1950, Pentti Sammallahti est l’un des plus grands photographes finlandais actuels. Ancien enseignant à l’Université des Arts industriels d’Helsinki, Il pratique une photographie en noir et blanc, pleine de fraicheur, de blancheur, de froid. On pourrait le qualifier de photographe contemplatif. Certains de 
ses clichés sont de véritables peintures.
(With all due respect I lifted this from the net)

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