The headquarters of Mikkeli Centre of Photography are in a cultural historical building.

Mikkeli Centre of Photography is a contemporary and versatile Finnish art centre. The Centre promotes photography and visual arts on regional, national and international level. The Centre organises high quality exhibitions and education, conducts research, is an expert in publishing photography books and houses a Digital Photography Workshop and gallery spaces. We welcome you to visit!


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.