Santeri Tuori

Santeri Tuori (born 1970, Finland) studied at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. With his photographs and films he has found away to make the landscape genre come alive.

Over the last seven years he has spent much time on the remote island of Kökar in the Åland archipelago making The Forest series. Tuori photographs the same place, from the same spot, over and over again at different times and seasons, sometimes years apart. Multiple images, both black and white and colour, are then superimposed. Likewise, the moving images from the Forest series are the result of layering: colour video with black and white photographs. This gives the films the clarity and richness of a photograph combined with the movement and time of a video.

We are accustomed to view the sky always in reference to ground, water or vegetation, but Tuori's recent Sky Series, taken over a period of a year, focus solely on the sky as a subject in its own right. The artist layers black and white and colour photographs, giving some more prominence while others are only vaguely suggested. The result are images that seems as if on the border of painting and photography and allow the viewer total immersion in skyscapes of great depth and luminosity. As in Tuori's earlier portrait series the traditions of painting are as relevant as the traditions of photography.

In a process similar to those of Forest and Sky, for his Water Lilies series Tuori photographed ponds over a period of time. The resulting works are layered images with two or more layers on top of each other taken at different times. The same layer might be there more than once; in black and white, in colour, sometimes inverted into negative. The image becomes abstracted; no longer a specific record of the original pond and water lilies photographed by Tuori, but more the essence and memory of the place

A major monograph will be published by Hatje Cantz in November 2019