I have been working as a press photographer since 1984 at the daily newspaper Keskipohjanmaa in Kokkola, Finland. Before that I studied languages in Turku. So, I can ask people to look at me in three different languages when I take their photograph. Which is nice. However, I don’t have a proper education as a photographer. Which is not so nice. I have participated in workshops by Martin Parr, Paul Graham, John Berger, Brian Griffin, Chris Killip and Leonard Freed. Meeting these people has been a privilege. These workshops have been of greatest importance to me.


  • 2019 "Crash" Kokkola.​
  • 2016 "Smoking" Helsinki, Laterna Magica.
  • 2015 "Smoking" Loviisa, Krinti.
  • 2014 "Smoking" Vaasa, Photogallery IBIS.
  • 2013 "Smoking" Kokkola and Oulu (part of the exhibition "Muotokuva - Portrait" with Noora Isoeskeli, Maria Mäki, Jaana Rannikko, Aki Roukala, Leena Ylä-Lyly).
  • 2012 "BOX!" Boxing photographs, in Reisjärvi and Kokkola.
  • 1996 Digital photo portraits with Jukka Lehojärvi in Kokkola.
  • 1989 “Drops Of Fire” a collaboration of photographs, poetry, music and dance in Kokkola with Esa Melametsä, Kari Ilmonen and Ari Auvinen.
  • 1988 “Abroad” with Esa Melametsä in Kokkola, Tallinn, Tartto, Helsinki and Jyväskylä.
  • 1986 “Rock pics” with Esa Melametsä in Kokkola.
  • 1986 “Is this Kokkola” with Markku Jokela in Kokkola.
  • 1985 “Photographs from London and Paris” with Markku Jokela in Kokkola, Helsinki and Nokia.
  • 1997 “Matkalla” with Esa Melametsä, Jukka Lehojärvi, Päivi Karjalainen, Michael Neunstedt and Vesa Pajala.