The concept of crisis is in crisis. Images of suffering just don't move us anymore. Aids, famine, genocide - it's all the same. So are crisis reporting and aid campaigns. Actually, they're a bit like Disney films. They're always about a fight between good and evil, and the two are easily distinguishable from one another. We can't laugh at a crisis, we can't have a decent conversation with it, and we can't win a debate with it. Classic crisis journalism just fills us with guilt. We're told about battles we're not fighting in. And then we just end up feeling bad, nothing else.
Let's try something else.
You are not guilty of anything. In fact, "you" don't even exist. No one is just a passive spectator. But we are used to this talk. How about ending this futile fight with the whole concept of crisis? How about sitting down and talking like grown-ups? Get to know each other better. Listen to each other. And suddenly, it would hit us: we'd realize that a crisis is someone we already know.
11 photographers and 11 writers look at 11 crises and try to figure out how we should talk about them. The results are some pretty incredible journalism. Crisis? is the biggest digital photojournalistic publication in Finland. It's published by photography collective 11, Kaskas Media, and eleven young Finnish writers.
Annina Huhtala is a Helsinki-based journalist, whose work has been published in Helsingin Sanomat, Suomen Kuvalehti, YLE, and Aamulehti, among others. Her piece on Christian reparative therapy for homosexuals was awarded Story of the Year by the Finnish Newspapers Association in 2011. She is also one of the founders of independent media production and consultancy company Kaskas Media.
Ann-Mari Huhtanen is a Helsinki-based journalist. She currently works for Helsingin Sanomat. Her work has been published in various magazines and newspapers.
Aurora Rämö is a Helsinki-based journalist. She has worked for the Finnish national broadcasting company YLE, Helsingin Sanomat and Ylioppilaslehti magazine. She studies political science at the University of Helsinki.
Erkka Mykkänen is a journalist, event organizer and poet based in Helsinki.
Juhani Karila is a journalist and writer living in Helsinki. He currently writes for Helsingin Sanomat. Karila won the J. H. Erkko young writers prize for fiction in 2010. His literary debut, Gorilla, a collection of short stories, was published in early 2013.
Liisa Mayow is a Helsinki-based journalist. She has worked as an Arts writer for Helsingin Sanomat and Aamulehti, and is one of the founders of Kaskas Media, an independent media production and consultancy company.
Maria Ruuska is a Helsinki-based journalist with a degree in Sociology. She has worked for several magazines and newspapers, and was also a project researcher for the Media Concepts Research Group at Aalto University. She is one of the founders of Kaskas Media, an independent media production and consultancy company.
Niko Kettunen is a science journalist and freelance writer based in Tampere. He has previously worked for the science section at Helsingin Sanomat. Kettunen is currently writing a book on the history of mobile phones and is a contributing writer for Helsingin Sanomat.
Noora Mattila is a Helsinki-based journalist who currently works at the magazine Kodin Kuvalehti. She has previously worked as a freelancer and also at Helsingin Sanomat, Yleisradio and MTV3.
Oskari Onninen is freelance journalist and critic living in Helsinki. His work has been published in Helsingin Sanomat, Image and Ylioppilaslehti among others. He was also one of the founders of music media Nuorgam. Onninen has studied visual journalism at the University of Tampere. Twitter: oskarionninen / oskari.onninen[at]gmail.com / oskarionninen.com
Valtteri Väkevä is a freelance journalist. He has previously worked as a writer for Helsingin Sanomat Nyt, as a program manager at Radio Helsinki, as a copywriter at creative agency 358, and as editor at skateboarding magazines Hangup and Numero.
Aleksi Poutanen is a freelancer based in Helsinki. He has graduated as a graphic designer from the Kuopio Academy of Design. He is a founding member of the Helsinki Street -collective
Arttu Muukkonen is a freelancer based in Tampere. He studies photojournalism at the University of Tampere. Muukkonen has worked as a photographer and journalist for Helsingin Sanomat and Blue Wings, among others. He is a co-founder of two different indie media houses. As a personal project Muukkonen documents the lifestyle of the extreme sports athletes.
Evelin Kask is a Helsinki based freelance photographer. She has worked for Helsingin Sanomat and Finnish customer magazines. She is studying photojournalism at the University of Tampere.
Konsta Leppänen is a freelance-photographer based in Tampere, Finland. Leppänen works for several Finnish newspapers and magazines. Along with his work Leppänen studies in the Master´s Programme in Visual Journalism at the University of Tampere.
Maija Tammi (born 1985) is a Finnish artist and photographer. In 2011 Tammi won Fotofinlandia award, and Finland´s press photographer of the year award. Her work has also been awarded and exhibited in galleries in France, Spain and in USA. Currently she is working on her PhD in fine art at Aalto University in Helsinki.
Meeri Koutaniemi, 26-old freelance photographer, was born in Lapland and lives currently in Helsinki. In 2012 Koutaniemi was selected in Finland to be the Photographer of the Year, and she won the categories of Photo of the Year, Portrait of the Year, Multimedia of the Year and Foreign Reportage of the Year. In 2012 Koutaniemi received the Memorial Award of Tim Hetherington in United States and the Memorial Award of Carina Appel in Finland 2013.
Miisa Kaartinen is a freelance photographer based in Lempäälä. She has her master’s degree in visual journalism from the University of Tampere. Kaartinen has worked for several newspapers and magazines. She enjoys travelling for stories around the world with colleagues.
Ossi Ahola began photography in the late 90s in his birth town Raahe, Finland. He has studied photography in the universities of Lapland and Tampere. He has also studied in the The Royal Academy of Art, the Hague, Netherlands. Currently Ahola is working as a freelance photographer in Tampere for various newspapers and magazines.
Rami Hanafi is a Tampere based photographer specialising in documentary and commercial photography. He has studied photography at the University of Tampere, Danish School of Media Journalism, as well as the International Center of Photography in New York.
Sakari Piippo is a freelance photographer based in Tampere, Finland. He was awarded as the Young Press Photographer of the year 2012 in Finland. He has studied visual storytelling at the Danish School of Media and Journalism.
Touko Hujanen is a freelance photographer based in Helsinki. He has worked for The New York Times, Damn Magazine, Suomen Kuvalehti and Helsingin Sanomat. He has been awarded in Finland as the Press Photographer of the Year in 2011 and Young Press Photographer of the Year in 2009. He has his master´s degree in visual journalism. He is the founder of the 11 collective.