Jaakko Kahilaniemi (b.1989, Finland) received his BA in Photography from Turku Arts Academy Finland in 2014 and his MA also in photography from Aalto University of Art, Design and Architecture in Helsinki Finland in 2018.
Kahilaniemi has won the prestigious ING Unseen Talent Award Jury Prize in 2018, he was the winner of the International Photography Culture Exhibition Datong in 2019 and Majaoja/Backlight Grand Prize winner in 2017.
Finland is one of the most forested countries in the world. Almost 75 percent of the country is covered by forests – that’s over 26 million hectares of which Jaakko Kahilaniemi owns 100 hectares.
His conceptual project 100 Hectares of Understanding is his attempt to understand the forest area he inherited: »I study what nature has to offer to urbanized people and I will try to create new ways of thinking and ways to experience and feel the forest. I capture nature through my lens before applying the alchemical process that makes art out of the familiar.«
Book Specs: Swiss binding; 22 x 27 cm; 96 pages; 146 color and b/w illustrations; English; ISBN 978-3-96900-025-0. Available here.