10/02/12 – 08/04/12

Renowned photographer Martin Parr takes a look at Finnishness.

Laboratory’s opening exhibition is British photographer Martin Parr’s eye-opening Think of Finland. Parr’s exhibition presents a never-before-seen body of work from the internationally renowned photographer and member of the Magnum Photos agency. In August 2011 Parr travelled between Helsinki in the south and Oulu in the north, capturing images of Finns and the Finnish way of life. The photographs depict Finns without sentimentality but with warmth and tenderness.

“I have long been fascinated by Finland, since I was Professor of Photography at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki in the early 90s, so how good to have this chance to return with my camera and create a new body of work,” Parr says. “The Finns are a delightfully quirky people, so I wanted to show this and also the tension between tradition and modernity.”

A making of film on Martin Parr’s journey across Finland will be screened at the gallery during the exhibition.

Martin Parr (b. 1952) is a British photographer known for his intimate photographs tinged with satirical humour, showing the society we live in. Parr has photographed, among other things, British suburban life, the superrich – and last year, Finns and Finnishness. Parr is a member of the renowned Magnum Photos agency. He has published almost 50 books of photography and his work has been shown in 80 exhibitions around the world.

A making of film on Martin Parr’s journey across Finland is screened at the gallery during the exhibition. Video was shot with Nokia N8 and directed by Rami Hanafi. Watch the film here.

Exhibiton brought to Laboratory by Nokia.