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Eva Persson Helsinki, Finland

  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Aalto University School of Art and Design
    The school at International Center of Photography
  • Reduxpictures
  • Finnish Art Photographers
    Finnish Press Photographers
Death is the name of a small village in Finland. Swedish photographer Eva Persson thought that was funny. So she visited Death and its inhabitants over the course of a year to discover and document the people and daily life there. The result — a great photo book, and insights into contemporary rural Finnish culture.
About Eva Persson

Eva Persson

born 1969 in Helsingborg, Sweden
lives in Helsinki, Finland
speaks Swedish, English and Finnish

Studies

2009 Fulbright studies at the School at International Center of Photography, New York, USA
2004 Master of fine arts, photography, School of industrial art and design, Helsinki, Finland
2000 Bachelor of fine arts, photography, School of industrial art and design, Helsinki, Finland
1997 Fine art, Nordiska konstskolan i Karleby, Finland
1995 Fine art, Nordvästra Skånes folkhögskola, Sweden

Solo shows
2007 Festival Les Boréales, Caen, France
2006 Galleri Magnus Åklundh, Malmö, Sverige
2005 Taidekammari, Alajärvi, Finland
2005 Synart Art Gallery, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2000 Art goes kapakka, Pravda, Helsinki, Finland

Curated shows
2011 Pavlovs dog, Berlin, Germany
2007 APT-gallery, London, England
2007 Museum Ludwig, Koblenz, Germany
2006 ART INTERNATIONAL ZÜRICH 2006, Zurich, Switzerland
2006 What's Up North, Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu, Finland
2006 Triestefotografia, Trieste, Italy
2006 Tee or Coffee?, Victor Barsokevitsch Photographic Centre, Kuopio, Finland
2004 Tempo Documentary festival, Stockholm, Sweden
2004 Pressens Bilds stora fotopris 2004, Kontrast gallery, Sweden, Stockholm
2004 Master of Arts, Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
2004 VORY, Puristamo, Helsinki, Finland
2004 VORY, Vapriikki, Tampere, Finland
1999 Room, Into gallery, Helsinki, Finland

Awards and grants
2013 Svenska Kulturfonden, 1-year grant
2008 Fulbright Grant in Photojournalism sponsored by Patricia Seppälä Foundation
2007 Svenska Kulturfonden, 1 year-grant
2006 Swedish Authors' Fund
2006 Arts Council of Finland
2006 FRAME
2005 Svenska Kulturfonden
2005 Finnish Pressphotographers Association
2004 SAL, Finnish Magazine Unions grant
2004 Finalist in Pressens Bilds stora fotopris 2004
2004 Mac/Officeline award
1998 Erasmus travel grant

Permanent installations
2003 Dairy company Valios headquarter, Helsinki, Finland
2000 Counsoling bureau for prostitutes, Helsinki, Finland

Publications
What's up North-Photographic exhibition catalogue, Pohjoinen Valokuvakeskus, 2006
Life in Death, photography book, Musta Taide Publishing House, ISBN 952-9851-67-7, 2005
VORY's Yhteiset taivaat, jaetut horisontit exhibition cataloge, 2004

Reviews, articles
Vision magazine, Life in Death, 2009.10
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Leningrad Cowgirls and Drücker, Catrin Lorch, 2007.31.05
lensculture.com, book review Life in Death, Jim Casper
Le Monde2, portfolio Life in Death, 2006.12.16
Foto8, book review Life in Death, Lauren Heinz, vol 5 no 3 2006
sfoto.se, book review Som filmstjärnor i film om deras liv, Susanne Pagold
ETC, Livet i Döden, ETC 30-år, 2006
Konstvärlden & Disajn, Livet i Döden, Willeam Vendel, 3/2006
Aamu-tv, YLE, interview, 2006.1.17
Sisu Radio, SR, interview, Elina Hiltunen, 2006.01
Sydsvenska Dagbladet, Tjo, vad det var livat i Döden!, Lilith Waltenberg, 2006.1.13
FOTO, Stilla liv i Döden, Ralph Nykvist, 12/2005
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Leben in Kuolema, Christoph Schütte, 2005.7.02
Frankfurter Rundschau, Leben im Tod, plan.F nr. 22, Sandra Danicke 2005.6.02-6.08
Dagens Nyheter, Tre nominerade fotografer, Peter Hermansson, 2004.9.26
Metro Stockholm, Metrokonst, 2004.9.25
Tv-nyheter, YLE, 2004.17.04
Helsingin Sanomat, Kuukausiliite, Elämää Kuolemassa, Ritva-Liisa Snellman, 03/2004
Arttu, Life in Death, Markus Rotkirsch, 02/2004
Hufvudstadsbladet, Rum för eftertanke, Dan Sundell, 1999.3.21

Work experience
Freelance photographer since 1998
Colaborates with various Finnish and international magazines and companies
Jury member for Finnish Press Photos of the Year 2010
Jury member in „24 hours at home in Europe“ photography competition
Jury member for The Visual Culture Awards 2009
Curator for the exhibition Tee or Coffee?
Teaching photography at Västra Nylands College 2004-07
Summer photographer at Helsingin Sanomat 1999 and at Me Naiset magazine 2002

Membership
Member of the Finnish Press Photographer Association since 2006
Member of Finnish Art Photographers since 2005
Member of the Finnish Journalist Union since 2002

Read more
Eva Persson's Projects on LensCulture