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Capturing the right moment

By Peter Marten, October 2010

Photo: Pentti Sammallahti, courtesy of Finnish Museum of Photography
Taken in Pécs, Hungary in 1980, this photo is included in a Pentti Sammallahti retrospective at the Finnish Museum of Photography.

The career of one of Finland’s most prominent photographers, Pentti Sammallahti, comes into focus at the Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki. Sample their selection in our slideshow below.

Pentti Sammallahti (born 1950) is known for photos taken in Helsinki and on his numerous trips abroad. The Finnish Museum of Photography’s retrospective exhibition includes original photographic prints and graphically printed portfolios.

Like many celebrated photographers, Sammallahti possesses a knack for snapping the shutter at exactly the right moment, capturing an experience to be conveyed to the viewer or giving significance to a detail that might otherwise seem unimportant. When French photo legend Henri Cartier-Bresson picked his 100 favourite photographers for the inaugural exhibition of his foundation in Paris in 2004, Sammallahti was among them.

He recently told Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s largest daily newspaper, “The darkroom is my paradise. If I’m away from it for even a day, it feels like the day has been squandered.”

Pentti Sammallahti: Retrospective at the Finnish Museum of Photography
in Helsinki until February 27, 2011


Seven by Sammallahti


Note: Click the first photo to begin the slideshow. "Next" and "Previous" buttons appear in the top corners when you roll your mouse over the photos.



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