The combination of remarkable images and good design in a book that is beautiful to open an pleasurable to leaf through is an ideal way of conveying a photographer’s ideas and statements. – Martin Parr

Photo books have formed an essential part of the whole scene of Finnish photographic art after 1980s, a scene known worldwide for its originality, high quality and a breathtakingly large number of succesful artists. The thrive of photo book making among the Finnish photographers has greatly benefited from the State Committee of Photography’s decision in 1982 to direct a certain number of grants specifically to the making of photo books.

In the field of photography, books are as an important means of representing images as exhibitions. Photo books are rarely merely catalogues of a certain artists’s works, but rather works of art of their own.

A photo book is timeless in a way very few other works of art are. A photo book comes alive and is as fresh to its viewer whether it’s picked up today in Helsinki, tomorrow in Tallinn, next week in Frankfurt  – or in 2017 in Tokyo.

At Photographic Gallery Hippolyte’s bookstore there is variety of old and new photo books for sale. Welcome to the world of Finnish photo books.

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List of titles

Kristoffer Albrecht – Metropolalbrecht_metropol
Text: Kjell Westö
Design: Kristoffer Albrecht
Size: 23,5 x 17 cm
176 pages
Publisher:  Musta Taide / Opus
ISBN: 952-9851-23-5

Kristoffer Albrecht – ZigZag albrecht_zigzag
Text: Kristoffer Albrecht
Design: Kristoffer Albrech
Size: 20 x 30,5 cm
152 pages
Publisher:  Musta Taide / Opus
ISBN: 978-952-5818-01-7

Elina Brotherus – Artist and Her Modelbrotherus_artistandhermodel
Texts: Susan Bright, Timo Kelaranta, Elina Brotherus
Design: Fabrice Wagner
Size: 25 x 21 cm
224 pages
Publisher: Le caillou bleu, Brussels
ISBN: 978293037146

Wilma Hurskainen – Growthhurskainen_growth
Text: Anna-Leena Rastenberger
Design: Jorma Hinkka
Size: 21,5 x 21,5 cm
68 pages
Publisher: Musta taide
ISBN 978-952-9851-90-4

Wilma Hurskainen – Heiresshurskainen_heiress
Text: Ann-Christin Bertranddesign: Kirsti Maula
Size: 27 x 22 cm
112 pages
Publihser: Kerber
ISBN 978-3-86678-604-2

Ulla Jokisalo – The Memory of My Images, the years 1980-2000 jokisalo_monografia
Text: Tuula Karjalainen, Arja Elovirta
Design: Kari Paajanen
Size: 28 x 22 cm
125 pages
Publisher: Musta Taide (with Helsinki Art Museum & Finnfoto ry)
ISBN 952-9851-35-9 2001

Ulla Jokisalo – Guises of Play jokisalo_leikinvarjo
Text: Anna Kortelainen
Design: Jorma Hinkka
Size: 28 x 23 cm
93 pages
Publisher: Musta Taide, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
ISBN 978-952-5818-15-4

Sade Kahra – Born To Saunakahra_saunomaansyntyneet
Text: Janne Rantala
Design: Sade Kahra
Size: 20 x 20 cm
124 pages
Publisher: Sade Kahra
ISBN: 978-952-93-3868-9

Anni Kinnunen – Personal Landscapekinnunen_personallandscape
Text: Elina Vieru, Anni Kinnunen
Design: Anni Kinnunen
Size: 25 x 21 cm
64 pages
Publisher: Kerber Verlang
ISBN: 978-3-86678-902-9

Ola Kolehmainen – A Building Is Not a Buildingkolehmainen_abuilding
Text: Timothy Persons, Alistair Hicks & David Elliott
Design: stapelber&fritz, Stuttgart
Size: 34 x 28,5 cm
132 pages
Publisher: Hatje Cantz
ISBN 978-3-7757-2366-4


Ritva Kovalainen & Sanni Seppo – Tree Peoplekovalainen_seppo_treepeople
Text: Ritva Kovalainen & Sanni Seppo
Design: Ritva Kovalainen & Sanni Seppo
Size: 22,5 x 28,5 cm
192 pages
Publisher: Hiilinielu tuotanto & Miellotar
ISBN 978-952-99113-6-3

Raakel Kuukka – Letters To a Daughterkuukka_letters
Text: Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger
Design: Jorma Hinkka
Size: 23 x 28,5 cm
102 pages
Publisher: Musta taide
ISBN 978-952-5818-17-8

Raakel Kuukka – Mother’s Book
Text: Raakel Kuukka
Design: Raakel Kuukka, Juha Nenonen, Tapio Vapaasalo
Size: 23 x 28 cm
62 pages
Publisher: Musta taide
ISBN 952-9851-19-7

Ville Lenkkeri – Existence Doubtfullenkkeri_ed
Text: Ville Lenkkeri
Design: Réka Kiraly
Size: 27 x 23 cm
208 pages
Publisher: Kerber Verlag
ISBN 978-3-86678-975-3

Ville Lenkkeri – The Place of No Roadslenkkeri_theplace
Text: Ville Lenkkeri
Design: Réka Kiraly
Size: 27 x 23 cm
144 pages
Publisher: Hatje Cantz
ISBN: 978-3-7757-2399-2

Anni Leppälä – Young Artist of the Year 2010leppala_yung
Text: Luigi Fassi, Bo Carpelan, Taina Myllyharju
Design: Liisa Seppo ja Anni Leppälä
215 pages
Publisher: Tampereen taidemuseoISBN: 978-951-609-451-2

Niko Luoma – And Time is No Longer an Obstacleluoma_andtimeisno
Foreword by Timothy Persons, texts by Daniel Marzona, Lyle Rexer
Design: Juha Nenonen
Size: 25 x 30 cm
136 pages
Publisher: Hatje Cantz
ISBN 978-3-7757-3339-7

Pekka Luukkola – Maiseman aika – Sense of timeluukkola_maisemanaika
Text: Pekka Luukkola, Satu Itkonen
Design: Pekka Luukkola
Size: 250 x 300 (kxl)
144 pages
ISBN: 978-952-93-1197-2

Ismo Luukkonen – Neljäs ulottuvuus, Fourth dimensionluukkonen_fourthdimension Text: Ismo Luukkonen
Design: Ismo Luukkonen
Size: B5
48 pages
Publisher: Ismo Luukkonen
ISBN: 978-952-93-2764-5

Henrik Malmström – On Borrowed Timemalmstrom_onborrowedtime
Text: Jörn Donner
Design: Petri Kuokka, Henrik Malmström
Size: 22 x 19,5 cm
80 pages
Publisher: Henrik Malmström
ISBN: 978-952-92-6948-8

Esko Männikkö – Time Flies
Text: Maija Koskinen, Liz Wells
Design: Patrik Söderlund
Size: 24,5 x 30,5 cm
239 pages
Publisher: Suomen taideyhdistys ry
ISBN 978-952-99260-7-7

Ida Pimenoff – Perhaps Loneliness Does Not Exist After Allpimenoff_perhaps
Text: Ida Pimenoff
Design: Hennamari Asunta
Size: 19 x 24 cm
134 pages
Publisher: Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, 2013
ISBN: 978-3-86828-450-8

Marja Piriliä – Carried by Lightpirila_carriedbylight
Text: Jyrki Siukonen & Marja Pirilä
Design: Iris Nuutinen & Petri Nuutinen
Size: 25,5 x 21,5 cm
269 pages
Publisher: Musta Taide
ISBN: 9789522920102

Tero Puha – Almost Human – Works 1995-2010puha_almosthuman
Text: Leevi Haapala, Leena-Maija Rossi, Annamari Vänskä, Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Livia Hekanaho
Design: Tero Puha
Size: 23 x 23 x 25 cm
204 pages
Publisher: Inky Robot Media, 2011
ISBN: 978-952-92-7900-5

Jussi Puikkonen – On Vacationpuikkonen_onvacation
Text: Jussi Puikkonen
Design: Pekka Toivonen
Size: 30 x 26,7 x 1,8 cm
96 pages
Publisher: Edition Patrick Frey
ISBN 390550975X

Hannele Rantala – Blue Scarfrantala_bluescarf
Text: Hannele Rantala
Design: Jorma Hinkka
Size: 20 x 15 cm
128 pages
Publisher: Musta Taide / Aalto ARTS Books Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki
ISBN 978-952-292-008-9

Ari Saarto – IN SITUsaarto_insitu
Text: Tamaki Harada, Andrea Holzherr
Design: Ari Saarto / Osmo Leppälä Station MIR
Size: 30 x 24 cm
52 pages
Publisher: Ari Saarto / Mori No Ari
ISBN 978-952-92-4042-5

Perttu Saksa – Echosaksa_echo
Text: Ron Broglio, Jan Kaila & Perttu Saksa
Design: Jesper Vuori
Size: 22 x 27,5 cm
105 pages
Publisher: Musta taide
ISBN: 978-952-5818-20-8

Pentti Sammallahti – Täällä kaukana
Text: John Demos & Mario (ed.), Finn Thrane, Kristoffer Albrecht
Design: Pentti Sammallahti
Size: 30,5 x 25 cm
255 pages
Publisher: Opus
ISBN 0789-7472

Jari Silomäki – My Weather Diary
Text: Jari Silomäki
Design: Ilja Karsikas & Jari Silomäki
Size: 21 x 21 cm
Publisher: Jari Silomäki
ISBN: 978-952-92-7374-4


Niina Vatanen – A Room’s Memory
Text: Pari Stave, Pessi Rautio
Design: Jussi Karjalainen
Size: 20 x 24,5 cm
160 pages
Publisher: Kehrer Verlag
ISBN: 978-3-86828-420-1

Niina Vatanen & Hertta Kiiski – Archive Playvatanen_kiiski_archiveplay
Text: Mirjami Schuppert, Monika Fagerholm
Design: Loreen Lampe / Kehrer Design
Size: 17 x 22,5 cm
80 pages
Publisher: Kehrer Verlag
ISBN: 978-3-86828-588-8

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