Displaced


IMAGES BY MIISA KAARTINEN. WORDS BY LIISA MAYOW.


Settle down somewhere, for Heaven’s sake, but just don’t do it here. The proper place of Roma people always seems to be somewhere else than here: on the outskirts of town, in another country, preferably out of sight.
Join us on a tour of the places Romania, Finland and Europe have offered to the Roma. We’ll start in Craica, Romania.



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Garden utopia


IMAGES BY SAKARI PIIPPO. WORDS BY MARIA RUUSKA. TRANSLATED FROM FINNISH BY MERI VIKMAN.


The story of Europe’s largest zinc mine in western Finland lasted for forty years, providing jobs for a whole generation. Finland is currently experiencing a mining boom; this is a tale of the last time that happened. It’s also the story of one of the last real tycoons, who built an entire village around their factory complete with homes, schools, and health care services. Today, not much remains.



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Under the Egyptian Sun


IMAGES BY KONSTA LEPPäNEN. WORDS BY ERKKA MYKKäNEN. TRANSLATED FROM FINNISH BY KASPER SALONEN.


The Egyptian by Mika Waltari, a book beloved by Finns of all ages, teaches us that humans never change. But what would Sinuhe, the protagonist of Waltari’s epic historical novel, have to say about today’s Egypt? (Translated by Kasper Salonen)



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Once Upon a Time in Belarus


IMAGES BY OSSI AHOLA. WORDS BY JUHANI KARILA.


What happens, when a Finnish photographer travels to Belarus to take a photo of it´s president Aleksandr Lukashenka? What happens, when Lukashenka forgets, who he is?



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The Truth about Iran


IMAGES BY ARTTU MUUKKONEN. WORDS BY NOORA MATTILA.


Iran. The desert, the tyranny of the imams, the nuclear bomb and the oil tycoons.
Why do we know so little about it?



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All roads lead away from Kihniö


IMAGES BY RAMI HANAFI. WORDS BY VALTTERI VäKEVä.


Mass tourism started in Finland in the mid-1960´s when Kalevi Keihänen, a business man from the small town of Kihniö, founded legendary travel agency Keihäsmatkat. Thanks to Keihänen, thousands of Finns were able to travel to Spain, Canary Islands and other tourist resorts for the first time. In 2013, African refugee boats dock on those same beaches, and more than half of the people in Kihniö vote for the True Finn party, a populist right wing party that wants to keep refugees out of Finland. Is Kihniö at the root of all kinds of different crises?



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Pieces


IMAGES BY EVELIN KASK. WORDS BY AURORA RäMö.


There’s a road running from the US to Mexico that is 101,8 kilometers long, but you can’t take the road, unless you want to get caught. The only way to the other side is to cross the Sonoran desert. The journey takes at least two days. For some, it will cost their life.



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Why are they looking at us?


IMAGES BY MEERI KOUTANIEMI. WRITTEN BY OSKARI ONNINEN. TRANSLATED FROM FINNISH BY ARTTU TOLONEN.


Do-gooders love victims, saints and icons, even though they ought to concentrate on people who wish to make the world a better place on their own, without help from the West.



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An Asian Passion Play


IMAGES BY TOUKO HUJANEN. WORDS BY ANN-MARI HUHTANEN. TRANSLATED FROM FINNISH BY NICHOLAS MAYOW.


Every year one hundred Taiwanese youngsters test themselves to the limits in order to become frogmen. For them, being a marine commando means fame and money. For the Taiwanese military, they are good PR. We joined the 21 recruits for the last three days of their training.



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Great people


IMAGES BY MAIJA TAMMI. WORDS BY ANNINA HUHTALA. TRANSLATED FROM FINNISH BY MERI VIKMAN.


Four American women, Joan, Golda, Staci, and Janie, are overweight. Except that two of them would describe themselves as plus-sized, two of them simply as fat. No matter what you call it, that’s what all of us have become. The world is putting on weight.



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Breathless


IMAGES BY ALEKSI POUTANEN. WORDS BY NIKO KETTUNEN.


A single organism was all it took to destroy the Earth´s entire ecosystem. It was a long time ago, but were you to visit that planet, you wouldn´t recognize it as the one we live on. Standing on dead, jagged rocks, you´d be greeted by nothing but a vast primordial ocean, raging under thick, noxious skies. You wouldn´t be able to breathe. There is no oxygen in the suffocating atmosphere; only carbon dioxide, water vapours and methane with a hint of ammonia. Only faint traces of sunlight are able to pass through the thick clouds.



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Crisis?


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



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



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



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



Erkka Mykkänen is a journalist, event organizer and poet based in Helsinki.

Juhani Karila



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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.