NORDIC SEMINAR Helsinki Photo Festival 2022

Hanaholmen. Espoo

9.9.2022 09:30 - 16:00

Welcome to an interesting seminar!

Helsinki Photo Festival’s educational highlight of the year, the annual Nordic seminar with prominent Nordic visual artists, curators, photography teachers, photo editors and publishers will be organised on September 9, 2022.

Confirmed speakers:

Katrin Elvarsdottir (IS) – Photographer and Co-Director – The Icelandic Photo Festival (TIPF)

Pelle Kronestedt (SE) – Photographer and Senior lecturer, Operation Manager CFF – Stockholm

Pål Henrik Ekern (NO) – Diversity Curator, Preusmuseum, Norway’s National Museum of Photography

Rune Eraker  (NO) – Documentary photographer and Editor Norwegian Journal of Photography

Rasmus Stenbakken (DK) – Curator, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art

Søren Solkær (DK) – Photographer

Stefan Bremer (FI) – Photographer and Senior lecturer

Konsta Punkka (FI) – Nature Photographer, Nikon Ambassador

Language: English


9.30 Coffee and registration
10.00 Start of the seminar program
10.15 Rasmus Stenbakken
10.50 Pål Henrik Ekern
11.25 Pelle Kronestedt
12.00 Stefan Bremer
12.30–13.30 Lunch
13.35 Rune Eraker
14.10 Søren Solkær
14.45 Konsta Punkka
15.15 Short break (coffee)
15.45 Katrin Elvarsdottir
16.15 End of the seminar

Katrin Elvarsdottir is the co-director of The Icelandic Photography Festival, held biannually in January, as well as a lecturer and a curator. She is also an artist working mainly with photography, and has published several books including “Songbirds”, “Double Happiness’’ and “Equivocal”. Elvarsdóttir’s works are included in several collections, and she has had several solo and group exhibitions throughout the world, including in Iceland, Finland, USA, South Korea, Austria, and others. Katrin is represented by BERG Contemporary Gallery in Reykjavik.

Pål Henrik Ekern holds an MFA in photography from Valand Academy at the University of Gothenburg. Currently, he works as a diversity curator, educator, producer, and project coordinator for Preus museum, Norway’s National Museum of Photography. He creates and produces exhibitions as well as managing the museum’s outreach projects which focuses on collecting and exhibiting contemporary documentation created by the documented communities themselves.

Rune Eraker has for more than 30 years worked as an independent documentary photographer. He has had a number of solo-exhibitions in museums internationally. He has published widely in magazines and newspapers, both in Norway and abroad. He has published a number of photo-books. In 2010, he founded the Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP) together with The Fritt Ord Foundation in Oslo, and has since then led the editorial team of NJP. He was one of four curators at European Photo Exhibition Award (EPEA) 2011-17. He’s a member of the Art Photographers association of Norway, FFF.

Rasmus Stenbakken holds a MA in art history. He is curator at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Ishøj, Denmak. Previously he worked as a curator at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum and director at Galleri Nicolai Wallner. Among others he has curated shows and projects with artists such as Elmgreen & Dragset, Douglas Gordon and Martin Creed.

Søren Solkær is a Danish photographer. He is best known for his distinctive portraits of musicians and recognised as the man responsible for various iconic images of Björk, The White Stripes, Paul McCartney, David Lynch, Amy Winehouse, and many more. Søren’s photography is characterized by finding a tension point between intimacy and edginess. His portraits are often regarded as cinematic in tone with a distinctive colour palette. He has released six fine art photography books and exhibited all over the world. His work is featured as part of the permanent collection in The Royal Danish Library and The National Portrait Collection in Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark.

Pelle Kronestedt is a Swedish photographer and senior lecturer in photography at University of Gothenburg. Pelle is today operations manager at CFF – Center for Photography in Stockholm. He has exhibited internationally and nationally in around thirty museums and galleries and appeared in many publications. He has also helped other artists with exhibitions and publications.

Konsta Punkka is a commercial nature photographer (worldwide published wildlife), speaker and Nikon Ambassador. During the past ten years, he has shot, directed and been featured in dozens of commercial projects varying from car industries, photography and outdoor brands to tourism boards. His work has been featured in dozens of outlets including National Geographic, Instagram and BBC.

Stefan Bremer is a photographer, visual artist and senior lecturer. In the 1970s, he studied at Aalto University. Since then, he has taught in Finnish art schools as well as at the Stockholm School of Photography and the Gothenburg University. He has led intensive photography workshops in Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been shown around the world in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and his photographs are part of many public and private collections. At the heart of his artistic production, Stefan Bremer works with people. He has studied the difficulties of being human. Bremer was awarded the Finnish State Prize for Photography in 1988, the title of Artist Professor in 1999 and the Culture Prize of the City of Helsinki in 2011.

Registration and fees
The registration for on-site attendance with lunch and coffee ends on Wednesday, 31st of August, 2022.
Price: 50 euros including seminar, lunch and afternoon coffee.

The registration for attendance without servings ends on Wednesday, 7th of September, 2022.
Price: 15 euros including seminar, but not lunch or coffee.

Additional information:
Rafael Rybczynski, sielu(at)
Tiinaliisa Granholm, tiinaliisa.granholm(at)

The seminar on Friday 9th September is arranged by Helsinki Photo Festival and Hanaholmen Cultural Centre with the support of The Cultural Foundation for Sweden and Finland, The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Foundation, The Finnish-Danish Cultural Foundation and The Icelandic-Finnish Cultural Foundation.