Mikkeli Centre of Photography is located in a beautiful, cultural historical building.


Mikkeli Centre of Photography was established in 1989, being one of the oldest centres of photography in Finland. We will celebrate our 30th jubilee in 2019. Mikkeli Centre of Photography is a contemporary and versatile Finnish art centre, which houses four, separate gallery spaces: Hall, Studio I, Studio II and Studio III. In these galleries and in the main lounge there are constanty changing exhibitions showing contemporary Finnish photography, and in Studio III old photographs of local cultural history.There is also a small, high quality library of photographic books for the audience in the Lounge as well as an Information Service Desk.

The Centre promotes photography and visual arts on regional, national and international level. The Centre organises high quality art exhibitions, conducts photography, art and media education, is an expert in publishing photography books and houses a Digital Photography Workshop and design workshop spaces for artists' work, education and research. We work in cooperation with the Cultural Services of Mikkeli City and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Please, note that we are closed during the Christmas and New Year period, 22.12.2018-29.01.2019.

Upcoming exhibitions will begin on January 30, 2019.

We wish you a Happy New Year!



Juha Metso
Taina Värri
Derrick Frilund
Timo Villanen

© Juha Metso: Iggy Pop, Flow-festival, Helsinki, 2016.

© Taina Värri: Radio City's editor-in-chief Juha Tynkkysen's Christmas meal in the studio in 1986.

© Derrick Frilund: On the Road [Matkalla], 1983.

© Timo Villanen: Tanzania, 2015.

From the Historical Mikkeli -collection: A horse is kept motionless with a rope. Mikkeli, Sairastalli, 18.3.1943. Photographer: military officer Lars Börje Johnsson, SA photo.


The exhibitions of Mikkeli Centre of Photography are open as follows:
Tuesday-Friday 12am-5pm
Saturday 11am-3pm
Sundays and Mondays closed.

As an exception to normal opening hours, the centre is closed on Bank Holidays, during weeks 51,52 and Midsummer, and when there is a construction period of new exhibitions.


Admission fee: 5€.
Students and pensioners: 3€.
Children and youth under 18, press, members of Mikkeli Photography Centre: free admission.
Educational groups with a teacher: free admission.

The centre and the exhibition spaces are fully accesible to individuals using a wheelchair.


Kari Autero - Teitteni vartijat [The Guardians of My Roads]

"The background of this work is the idea of nature as a living entity, even as spiritual and soulful, and of how everything in nature forms a dynamic whole. The technique is playful and experimental, the results can be described as a controlled coincidence. Through a long experiment, control began to rule over coincidental results and I was able to express this experience of nature in pictures." Kari Autero 2018

Kari Autero (born 1959, Helsinki) is a photographer from the University of Art and Design Helsinki and a photography teacher. He has worked as a freelance photographer and a graphic designer and currently works as a photography lecturer at the Pekka Halonen Academy in Tuusula. His works are in the collections of the Finnish Museum of Photography. Autero's works seek to perceive the experience of the living whole of nature while playing with the possibilities of the camera's optical properties.

Sofie Jokinen - City Distortions

Everything around us is constantly shifting and nothing stays permanent or unchanged. The photographs by Sofie Jokinen, taken from the same place during several occasion and afterwards created by combining digital negatives together, brings these changes into sight. In the series City Distortions Jokinen explores the growth of the city and its mechanical change. Several construction sites with their countless amount of machines are shaping the city around us. These moments of change are all simultaneously present in Jokinen’s pictures.

In her work, Jokinen explores time, environment and how people relate to them, but also photography theory and it’s essential questions about the photography’s position as a reliable evidence. Does an image have a status as a reliable evidence and what happens to it when the moment of taking a photo is not anymore one precise moment but overlapping time layers? In Jokinen’s pictures, however, theory and technique do not dominate the work, but together with the environment around us, they create an aesthetically interesting ensemble.

Sofie Jokinen has studied photography at Turku University of Applied Sciences and graduated in 2012. Her works that study nature and time have been exhibited in many private and group exhibitions in Helsinki and elsewhere in Finland.

Päivi Uotila - Music of the Silent Ones

Music of the Silent Ones is visual music. The Silent Ones - plants and living organisms in general - are not often heard or even seen. Their vibrant, visual music becomes visible in adequate light or under suitable humidity conditions. Such as, when light coming from below passes through spider webs to make them shine with a pale glow or burst into a quiet symphony of iridescent colours. Or when dew condenses into webs, sophisticated constructions emerge like a rich musical tale.

In the works presented in this exhibition, spider, light and water play on the silk filaments a rich and serene music that arises from the void and then fades away, only to resonate once again when light reaches them later.

Päivi Uotila (Mikkeli, Finland) is an art craftswoman, gardener and self-taught fine art photographer. She has studied, among others, art materials at the Open University of University of Industrial Arts (*). Photography has been one of her forms of expression since adolescence. Päivi portrays natural phenomena, moods in nature, light, colours, plants, insects and details. Camera motion and the use of multi-exposure are a means of expressing and highlighting the artist’s own vision.

* now: Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Form 1, 2013

Ulla-Maija Alanen - No mud, no lotus

No mud, no lotus depicts water and phases of growth of three different water plants. Yet, the metaphorical level of ascending from the dark bottom towards light is the most meaningful message of the artist. Alanen found the enchantment of the under water universe in the beginning of the millenium. She was touched by a deep existential experience. At the same time she read the book Water and dreams (1942) by the phenomenologists Gaston Bacelard – she felt as if the book was written of or for her.

Ulla-Maija Alanen is a Helsinki based artist and architect whose art productions have been presented in different parts of the world. She has, among other things, been a pioneer in large-scale façade projections that offer a comment on the urban space. Her current production consists of art exhibitions as well as cultural work with the elderly with memory impairment.

Ahvenusjärvi, Sastamala, 2016

Johanna Vuoksenmaa - My Water Friends

I love water, everything in them, vistas, scents, sounds, and how water is affected. In the summer of 2010 I started spotting lakes and ponds. I wanted to share my know­how and give tips to other swimmers. I began to photograph and describe my bathing experiences. I received new Water Friends every day and I always took a swim with these guys. Creating new geographic friendships made Finland more familiar, creating meaningful places, raised the map to life. This exhibition was born as a by­product of this fun.

Johanna Vuoksenmaa (born 1965, Hämeenlinna) is an artist photographer from Tampere. She has graduated from the Lahti Institute of Design, although she has been a film and TV director and scriptwriter in the 21st century. Between 1987 and 2000, her photography and other composing compositions were featured in numerous private and group exhibitions in Finland and abroad. My Water Friends is something completely different and Vuoksenmaa's first photo exhibition for almost twenty years.

May-Lis Andersen - You Want to Be a Little Bit by Yourself

Experiences and stories about how we are affected both positively and negatively when we are connected to the internet are many. About the brain that becomes stressed when connected with several devices at the same time. About the mother who was threatened when she took her child to the playground and pointed out to other parents that it would be good to put away the mobiles while hanging out with their children. About the girl who watches it so often that the movement has become an unconscious instinct, an extension of the body. To be seen while keeping a distance. About being a danger in traffic for others and themselves. About the other half who feels invisible and requests divorce. About global friends appearing in the living room. About the wonderful to gets one’s demand of knowledge set at the moment. To carry the music with you at all times.
Or just as Markus thinks; that it's nice to be a little bit on your own when travelling to work.

The working process: On five occasions in the months of May since 2015, at the same spot in Stockholm, I have photographed people passing by with their mobile phones and headphones. At the start of the project I was uncertain of how long I would have to wait, but it turned out that most of the people who walked passed during the hour I was standing there were focused on their devices.

I am interested in the spontaneous expression, and have therefore chosen street photography as my art form. I looked for a bright and uniform background, as I wanted to highlight our movement patterns. The movements become a sort of choreography of the present.
It was exciting, on my second visit to the photo spot, to realize that the background wall would not always look the same. Graffiti had changed between the occasions and added a vibrant and fast-paced feel to the pictures.

The photographs are printed as silvergelatin prints traditionally in the darkroom.

Historical Mikkeli - The Summer of Saara Särkkä

Aula's show will continue to represent the work of Saara Särkkä. Now we are able to visit Pulkkisen kulma at Savilahdenkatu 5–7 in the 50's and at the Särkkäs' summer cottage at Mustasaari, Ristiina.

Saara Särkkä os. Nyberg (1925-2004, Mikkeli) worked originally as a photographer at Oulasvirta's photo studio, later in Mikkelin valokuvausliike. The assignments included weddings, funerals and other events. When the children's number increased to seven in the 60's, Saara stayed home as a housewife. The photos are from her home album.

Risto Pulkkinen and Sakari Särkkä, Savilahdenkatu 5-7's courtyard, 1952.

Historical Mikkeli - Graani and Tuppurala in Pictures

Tupporala continues to be the subject in Studio III, where our clients can bring their own album photos. Images will be scanned and printed, after which they will be returned.

The most vibrant season of the Tuppurala working community was at the time of the Oy Grahn Ltd’s plywood and cottage factory. Production at the Grahn was at its widest at the beginning of the 1960s, with 550 employees. Grahn’s operations ended in 1986. Small apartment houses will be built at the factory site in the near future.

Image: Rauhaniementie 13, in the 1950's. (Photo: Raimo Laine)

Jenni Haili
Näkemisestä - On Seeing

Jenni Haili - On Seeing, 2018.

On Seeing is a photography based installation that handles seeing and being seen in the society. In order to create this piece, visual artist Jenni Haili has challenged herself to meet people, that we might deliberately or unintentionally pass by in our everyday lives, without really seeing them.

In the installation the photographs (Haili has taken) are at first presented in the analogue photograph’s latent* form, when the picture has been exposed on the photo paper, but has not yet been developed. In order not to destroy the latent image, the exhibition space has been transformed in to darkroom look-a-like. The viewer gets to meet the people in the images at first via their own words.

As the exhibition progresses, the images will be developed in performances on: Wed 14.3. at 7pm, Sat 17.3. at 12am, Sat 24.3. at 12am, Sat 31.3. at 12am and Sat 7.4. at 12 am.

Welcome to watch the magic of creating an analog photo!

* Latent = present but not visible, apparent, or actualised; existing as potential

When printing photographic images analogically of a negative film, the film is first placed in an enlarger, where light passes through the negative and projects the image on to a photographic paper. The (light) exposure will create a latent image on the silver, contained within the photo paper. This image is as such not visible, but can be made visible through development. In order to preserve the image and make it endure white light, the print must be fixed. In the fixing process the silver that was not exposed nor developed will be removed from the paper.

Jenni Haili (b. 1980) is a Helsinki based visual artist who has made her MA in the Aalto University School of Art and Design. Her works have been shown in several solo and group exhibitions both in Finland and abroad. She also works as a part time teacher and technician of photography in the Art University Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts. (?) Haili works with a multitude of techniques, mainly basing her works on photography. A reoccurring theme in her works is a play with showing and hiding

Anna Niskanen
Tower Over

Anna Niskanen - Bend, 2018.

Tower Over is a look-see into a forest and landscape; it is an inspection of independence and experiencing nature. The photographic montages present shards of abounding natural phenomena and the human relationship to surrounding nature. The photographic materian was shot in Pacific Northwest America and in the Häme region in Finland.

The works were created with a traditional darkroom process, but in fact the photograph has been deconstructed to its’ various elements only to be put back together in different order. The collages consisting of digital photos have been printed on transparent film as negatives and later exposed in daylight on to silk and paper. Cyanotype (a.k.a. blueprint) is an iron based photographic process, in which emulsion is applied onto a surface and exposed in ultraviolet light to create a positive print. The chemical reaction creates a Prussian blue hue.

Anna Niskanen (b.1990, Helsinki) is a Helsinki based photographic artist and holds a Master of Arts degree from Aalto University. Her practice concentrates on challenging traditional defining features of photography, and she combines digital and analog methods fluently. The narratives often stem from landscape and souvenir photographs from travels

Historical Mikkeli
Saara Särkkä, photographer

Saara Särkkä - Sisko, 1970.

The collections of historical photographs of the Mikkeli Centre of Photography are made up of donations from the public. The exhibitions in the lobby illustrate Mikkeli's diverse cultural heritage with old photographs that have been digitized, restored and printed at the Centre.

The lobby exhibitions offer the opportunity for the elderly people to recall their memoirs, and also open up prospects for younger visitors to Mikkeli's history.

At the moment we represent photographs by Saara Särkkä (1925-2004, born: Nyberg) from Tuppurala, Mikkeli in the 1960's. Särkkä started as a photographer at Oulasvirta's photography studio in the 40's, working later in Mikkelin valokuvausliike. The assignments included weddings, funerals and other events. When the family's child number increased to seven in the 60's, Saara stayed home as a housewife. The photos shown are from her home album.


Hanna Koikkalainen - Lakkautettu kylä / The Abandoned Village

Ikkuna (Window), Leppäsyrjä, Suistamo, 2015.

The Abandoned Village is a photo exhibition with music. It is about leaving and leaving a place.

The exhibition by photographer Hanna Koikkalainen and musician Anne-Mari Kivimäki tells the story of the abandoned Suistamo, a small Russian village.

The exhibition combines old and new pictures, evacuated memories, archive extracts and natural elements collected from Suistamo.

Migration and leaving home is and will always be a topical issue. Perhaps we can look at modern migrants when we remember our own history.

Hanna Koikkalainen (born 1980, Imatra, Finland) is a graduate of Aalto University School of Art and Design. Koikkalainen is interested in history, stories, memories and nature.

Hanneriina Moisseinen - Kannas / The Isthmus

Archive photograph (SA-kuva): Cows being evacuated.

Moisseinen's graphic novel exhibition Kannas / The Isthmus is a fictional, archive-based trip to Karelian Isthmus and the year 1944. The exhibition consists of graphic novel originals, archive photographs and a soundtrack. The focus of the graphic novel is in the war experiences of the civilians but also animals.

Hanneriina Moisseinen, MA (born 1978, Joensuu, Finland) is an award-winning graphic novel artist, whose background in visual art can be clearly seen from her work. Moisseinen's art has been shown in art galleries and museums in more than 15 countries. She has published four graphic novel albums that have also been translated to other language.

Armas Häkkinen - Memories of Mikkeli

Pirttiniemi Park in the 1940s. The picture shows the old part of The Central Hospital of Mikkeli. A new hospital building is under construction, as the new Family House is emerging. So, the Pirttiniemi Park will not exist anymore.

Armas Häkkinen (1901, Viipuri - 1973, Mikkeli) was a plumber, but he practiced the profession of a photographer throughout his working life. He had received the education in photography in the army in 1921-22.

At the beginning of the Winter War, Häkkinen left with her family to escape the war from her home in Viipuri, Sorvali. The house was destroyed later in the bombing, so the escape had been an appropriate precautionary measure.

Onni Väisänen, a colleaque in the military, had founded a photography business in Mikkeli. Häkkinen brought his four-member family to Mikkeli because he knew Väisänen.

In the 1940s and 1950s, Armas Häkkinen produced about one hundred Mikkeli postcards, which he sold mainly in local shops.

The Mikkeli photos by Armas Häkkinen are still frequently used for many purposes in various publications, because Armas never signed his postcards.

Arto Häkkinen, Armas Häkkinen’s son, has donated his father's negatives to the collection of Mikkeli Photo Centre of Photography.


December 2017 was for youth culture

In December 2017 the Centre organized the Cultural Path for Media Education, Mikkeli Media Arts -education and Mikkeli Grand Lan -event for the youngsters. All the gallery spaces were dedicated to youth culture, events and media education.

Markku Laamanen | Jyrki Markkanen | Juha-Pekka Inkinen


Lifetime achievement of the stonemason Veikko Salmela (1930–2016) and the history of his family company Keski-Suomen Kiviteollisuus Oy. Veikko Salmela was a longtime member of The Mikkeli Centre of Photography. The book presents the local cultural heritage and craft skills by combining old and new photographs and texts.

Historical Mikkeli: The Age of the Stonemason. Image of Veikko Stonemason Salmela 15.6.2016 by Olli Jaatinen.