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Pentti Sammallahti

Pentti Sammallahti: Helsinki, Finland, 1982Gelatin silver printCourtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery
Pentti Sammallahti: Helsinki, Finland, 1982
Gelatin silver print
Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery
Pentti Sammallahti
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA  •  Peter Fetterman Gallery  •  Ongoing
Pentti Sammallahti (Finland, b. 1950) has been photographing the world around him with a poetic eye since the age of eleven. At the age of nine he visited The Family of Man exhibition at Helsinki Art Hall, confirming at a young age his photographic path in life. Featured in solo exhibitions by the age of 21, Sammallahti continued to exhibit and teach at the Helsinki University of Art and Design until receiving the Finnish State's 15-year artist grant in 1991. In addition to his most celebrated photographs, the over 40 prints on view include early work and previously un-exhibited images from the 2012 monograph Here Far Away (Dewi Lewis) which has garnered wide international acclaim in photographic publishing.

Sammallahti's work is heavily grounded in the cold gray climate of the far northern hemisphere, even claiming "the worse the weather, the better the photograph." His numerous comedic images of animals are given serious weight by the impeccable attention to composition and interplay of environment and subject often compared to American photographer Elliott Erwitt with the decisive timing of Henri Cartier-Bresson. However, the small scale of Sammallahti's silver prints and their luscious gray tones create drama and mystery akin to fairy tales of some distant land. Following dozens of major exhibitions across Europe, Sammallahti is recognized as the leading figure among a renowned group of Finnish photographers.

Peter Fetterman Gallery Website

Contact: Peter Fetterman Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue Gallery A1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Tel: (1) 310 453 64 63

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