HELSINKI PHOTOMEDIA

  • Helsinki_photomedia

    Keynote venue Sampo Hall

  • Organizers at work 2012

    Organizers at work 2012

  • Keynote 2012 – David Bate

    Keynote 2012 – David Bate

  • Audience at MediaFactory spaces

    Audience at MediaFactory spaces

  • Risto Sarvas presents

    Risto Sarvas presents

  • Night venue at cafe bar Allotria

    Night venue at cafe bar Allotria

  • The Finnish Museum of Photography

    The Finnish Museum of Photography

  • Keynote 2014 – Paul Frosh

    Keynote 2014 – Paul Frosh

  • Keynote 2014 – Joanna Zylinska

    Keynote 2014 – Joanna Zylinska

  • Keynote 2014 – Jorge Ribalta

    Keynote 2014 – Jorge Ribalta

  • 2014 Group Image

    2014 Group Image

  • Night venue 2014 - The Cable Factory

    Night venue 2014 - The Cable Factory

  • Exhibition at The Finnish Museum of Photography

    Exhibition at The Finnish Museum of Photography

  • Spectrum 2016

    Spectrum 2016

  • Keynote 2016 - Geoffrey Batchen

    Keynote 2016 - Geoffrey Batchen

  • Keynote 2016 - Liz Wells

    Keynote 2016 - Liz Wells

  • Keynote 2016 - Annika Von Hausswolff

    Keynote 2016 - Annika Von Hausswolff

  • Coffeebreak

    Coffeebreak

  • Sampo Hall Auditorium

    Sampo Hall Auditorium

  • Niclas Ostlind presentation

    Niclas Ostlind presentation

  • 2016 Group Image

    2016 Group Image

  • Elina Heikka with Arno Rafael Minkkinen

    Elina Heikka with Arno Rafael Minkkinen

  • Tram to the Cable Factory dinner

    Tram to the Cable Factory dinner

  • Dinner at the Cable Factory

    Dinner at the Cable Factory

  • A toast be Mette Sandbye

    A toast be Mette Sandbye

Helsinki Photomedia is a biennial conference bringing together international photography researchers and academics.

The first Helsinki Photomedia conference was held in 2012 to fill a void: Photography studies lacked a regular, international research forum for discussing and sharing results and ideas. This was despite the rapid transformation and diversification in photography and the recent surge in photography research all over the world.

The first Helsinki Photomedia had a broad theme: Images in Circulation. Over 140 participants from 23 countries and an impressive variety of topics proved the need for a new international research forum.

Terms such as “expanded image”, ”Photography 2.0”, “digital ethos” and “collaborative turn in contemporary photograph” appeared in a number of presentations and papers. They indicated a lack of an encompassing analysis of the changing digital environment. Some presentations raised more specific questions on current developments in the field. There were analyses of metadata, affordance, curating and self-publishing etc.

New research approaches, such as artistic research, were important elements of the first conference.

The keynote speakers of the first conference were Ariella Azoulay (Brown University), David Bate (University of Westminster) and Charlotte Cotton (curator, visiting critic and scholar). Photographies published a special issue from the conference (Vol. 6 Issue 1, 2013).

The second Helsinki Photomedia in March 2014 was themed Photographic Powers. Again, circa 130 photography researchers, critics, artists and curators participated, some for the second time. Keynote speeches were by Paul Frosh (University of Jerusalem), Jorge Ribalta (researcher, curator and artist) and Joanna Zylinska (Goldsmiths University).

A refereed publication based on the papers presented in the conference can be downloaded here for no charge.

The third Helsinki Photomedia took place in March-April 2016 under the theme Photographic Agencies and Materialities. The keynote speakers were Geoffrey Batchen (Victoria University of Wellington), Annika von Hausswolff (Swedish visual artist) and Liz Wells (Plymouth University).

The fourth Helsinki Photomedia took place in March 2018 and its theme was Reconsidering the “Post-truth Condition”

More information on the conference can be found here.