03.11.2014  •  Photographers NEWS

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And it looks like everything is good and ok, but it's not. Something is slightly twisted.... Markus Henttonen: Twisted Tales - Road to Hope wins GOLD for best Editorial at GoSeeAWARDS

In addition to classic fashion shoots, entire projects were also entered for the EDITORIAL category, some already complete and others ongoing. The latest series by Finnish photographer Markus Henttonen, "Twisted Tales - Road to Hope", won the jury’s vote in the EDITORIAL category. GoSee presents a selection, the whole project will be published in the coming year as a book by renowned publishers Hatje Cantz.

His project is described as follows: the new series by Finnish photographer Markus Henttonen is a hazy Road Trip filled with hopes, fears and desires. These seemingly random photographs are like flashes from life, a collection of beautifully poetic narratives balancing between the thin interface of real and fiction. Emotions and memories feel familiar yet there is something strange. Henttonen´s typical undertone of melancholy is strongly present, but there is also a great deal of love and hope to be discovered. Twisted Tales is like life itself, a travel with joy and sadness of pleasure and despair combining the most personal with things common. Despite the memories and flashbacks from the past and the unexpected turns this journey is going forward. It is like a puzzle that will never be complete. There will always be something slightly out of place, a little bit twisted.

Markus discovered photography through his hobby of skateboarding. Whilst flicking through a Finnish magazine he thought to himself that he would be able to shoot much better images and so he studied Photography at Turku Arts Academy in Finland, which he completed in 2002. Since then he has worked as a photographer on editorial and assignment work. His work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions both in Finland and abroad, in over 80 exhibitions both solo and group as well as International Art Fairs, Photo Biennials and -Festivals in both Finland and many other countries; Germany, France, UK, Spain, Sweden, Russia, Poland, China, Italy, Monaco, Denmark, Austria, Norway, Belgium and Netherlands. Exhibitions include e.g. Lahti Art Museum (2014), Stockholm Centre for Photography (Centrum för Fotografi, 2013), Galerie Arktika in Marktoberdorf, Germany (2012), Galerie Vanessa Quang in Paris (2011) and the International Photography Festival in Lodz, Poland (2011), as well as several international art fairs. Henttonen has released two books, Paral-lel City (2004) and Lonely But Not Alone (2011).

His works can be found in several collections such as the Italian Museum Su Palatu, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Wäino Aaltonen Museum as well as the Art Museums of Jyväskylä, Kotka and Lahti in Finland and many private collections in Finland, United States, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands.

The photographer comments on his practise: "My work deals with the relationship between people and their everyday surroundings. I am interested in the places and situations that seem ordinary but for different reasons are far from it. My pictures of the anonymous surroundings and events of the everyday life always seem to have a hint of melancholy to them. And it looks like everything is good and ok, but is not. Something is slightly twisted."