Sami Parkkinen (b. 1974) is a photographer who is investigating the need for a redefinition of society and humanity. Environmental and social themes are featured strongly in his art, trying to imagine a more natural relationship between humankind and nature.In the words of a Finnish poet Pentti Saarikoski: “To see the world, one must first get rid of the worldview.” His work can be seen as poetic visions of the world, dreams of something better. For New Narrative and Reader Parkkinen has created a new series of photographs, including Arvi (2014), that was exhibited in Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London and also used in the posters of the exhibition. Parkkinen lives and works in Helsinki.
Photo by Amanda Aho, Finnish Art Agency