Touko Hujanen (FIN), 6/2017

Touko Hujanen, born in 1986, is a freelance photographer specialising in reportage.
Touko Hujanen: Uuden Iin Sanomat. 2017. Photo: Karoliina Paatos

He has worked for e.g. The New York Times and Raymond, and he chairs the group of Finnish documentary photographers “11”, planning publications. He has been awarded the Press Photographer of the Year Prize as well as the Young Press Photographer of the Year Prize. In addition to publications in his Uuden Maan Sanomat, Hujanen has published long reportages on the civil war in Colombia, Santa Claus, and the Nevada Desert. Hujanen is a graduate of the University of Tampere, Finland.

Hujanen designed and published the artwork newspaper Uuden Iin Sanomat in June. He moved in for two weeks at KulttuuriKauppila, taking a residency for the while and setting up his editing office there. Hujanen rode around Ii on the  bicycle provided by the Uuden Iin Sanomat Group, hoping to encounter some random events. People from Ii were welcome to suggest stories to him. The finalised newspaper was published  during the Valto Pernu Photo Marathon at the end of August, 2017. Hujanen’s mission was the renaissance of pictorial reportage. “I wish to celebrate the tradition of the reportage and the tradition of newspaper photography. I wish to reinstate personal presence and footwork back into the core of the making of the reportage. My role is, simply, to go somewhere and see what there is, and this time, it is Ii there.”

The newspaper Uuden Iin Sanomat is part of Hujanen´s art newspaper Uuden Maan Sanomat, which he started in 2014. This work of art is being formed of the results of random reportage tours in different parts of Finland.


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