Esko Männikkö

Finnish, 1959–present

The lonesome rural scenery of Finland that Männikkö presents has almost an abstract quality even though his subjects are animals, people he met in the sparsely populated area and the landscape of ordinary life. As Männikkö has his idiosyncratic way of cropping and placing his images in antique decorative frames that he found at the flea market, the subjects become detached from their original context and gain different significance both in terms of compositions and narrative perspectives, which is inspired by the tradition of Dusseldorf School photographers.

Self-taught Männikkö started photographing his immediate environment, its nature and fauna when following his father’s hunting routes in his teenage-hood. Deepening his reflection on the themes such as aging, disintegration of rural areas and its scarcity, Männikkö continues to explore the same subjects in a quiet, more object yet unmitigated way.