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!


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.