SUOMENVALO

FINNISH LIGHT INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

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FINNISH LIGHT INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

SUOMENVALO

FINNISH LIGHT INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

SUOMENVALO

Light Your Imagination
with the Light of Finland

SUOMENVALO is really two words: SUOMEN (Finnish) and VALO (Light). Our aim is to create a teaching and learning environment where image making and risk taking are one and the same, where imagination and passionate production can build new pathways or strengthen existing directions with brand new works. We bring together an internationally focused collaboration of teachers and students engaged with the global issues of our times. Our teachers—inspiring photographers with notable careers and bodies of work—help nurture and advance creative possibilities by providing critical feedback and positive energy through daily shootings, engaging discussions, and long-term continuity strategies. The practice of photography—a necessity not unlike breathing—can lead to a life-long quest from places like this. Photographers from all serious levels as well as students seeking to expand their photographic careers and reach broader audiences with their work are strongly encouraged to apply.

It’s not enough to just like a photograph anymore.
To learn why is critical. Knowing why helps our eyes, heart,
and mind see more, see better.
And that’s what makes workshops work.

Summer 2023 Workshops

Arno Rafael Minkkinen
Pieter Ten Hoopen
Sanna Kannisto & Sandra Kantanen

Arno Rafael Minkkinen
Photography as Cinema
July 09-15, 2023

Pieter Ten Hoopen
The Art of Storytelling
July 16-22, 2023

Sanna Kannisto & Sandra Kantanen: Teaching in Tandem
Open Air Studio: Collaborating with Nature
July 23-29, 2023

SUOMENVALO Workshops take place in Puistola, a former farm courtyard residence located a short stroll away from the sunset shores Lake Oulujärvi in the village of Paltaniemi, itself but 8km from the small city of Kajaani. The residence has a main house with a cozy living room that serves as a hub for gatherings and meetings, a fully equipped kitchen where traditional Finnish meals are prepared, an office and rooms for staff accommodation. Two adjoining farmhouses—formerly a graphic design studio and a sculpture workshop—now function as a classroom and adjoining dining hall. Two additional buildings are also in use: a tiny sauna and a “rain house” once used by kids to paint watercolors on such days.