Jorma Puranen is one of Finland’s most renowned photographers and is referred to as the “founding father of the Helsinki School”, created and still active within the School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University in Helsinki. Puranen still lives and works in Helsinki. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions and had solo shows in museums, including the Konsthallen Lulea (Sweden, 2017), Sinebrychoff Art Museum (Helsinki, 2011), Palais des Beaux Arts (Lille, 2010), Villa Oppenheim (Berlin, 2007) and Finnish Museum of Photography (Helsinki, 2000). Puranen was awarded the Overseas Photographer Award at Higashikawa International Photo Festival in 2014 and was twice the winner of the National Prize for Finnish Photography (2010, 1992). Puranen’s work features in several important public collections, including those of the Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris).
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