What was the most impressive photography exhibition I saw this year? Hard to say, but a strong candidate is Marja Pirilä’s exhibition in Galleria Heino in Helsinki.
I have selected one piece of art – not a typical photograph – from that exhibition: The Birth of a Photograph/Encyclopedy Camera obscura. For me it tells about photography in so many levels: time and stagnation, history and future, facts and dreams, handcraft and copying, novelty and reuse of ideas …
Marja Pirilä writes about the work:
“In The Birth of a Photograph/Encyclopedy Camera obscura, a pile of old encyclopaedias has gone through a metamorphosis. The series depicts the birth of a photograph in both a physical and literal sense. I produced this work in collaboration with photographer Petri Nuutinen.”