About

Helsinki Photomedia is a biennial photography research conference organized by four Finnish universities since 2012. The first Helsinki Photomedia conference was held in 2012 to fill a void: Photography studies lacked a regular, international research forum for discussing and sharing results and ideas. This was despite the rapid transformation and diversification in photography and the recent surge in photography research all over the world.

The conference offers various platforms where artistic, philosophical, social, cultural, economical and technological approaches to photography meet. We welcome submissions from all areas of photography research. Since 2016 photography education has been one of the areas and we welcome submissions for the educational panel for presenting educational projects and related research. The conference language is English.

The themes of the four previous conferences have been Images in Circulation (2012), Photographic Powers(2014), Photographic Agencies and Materialities (2016) and Reconsidering the “Post-truth Condition”: Epistemologies of the photographic image (2018).


Programme Committee 2019-2020

Harri Laakso

Associate Professor, Photography Research, Department of Media, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki.

Marjaana Kella

Professor of Photography, Department of Media, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki.

Mika Elo

Professor of Artistic Research , University of the Arts Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki.

Asko Lehmuskallio

Associate Professor, New Social Research, Communication Sciences Unit, Tampere University & Chair ECREA Section Visual Cultures

Janne Seppänen

Professor, Communication Sciences Unit, Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences, Tampere University.

Mikko Villi

Professor of Journalism, University of Jyväskylä, Department of Language and Communication Studies, Finland.

Hanna Weselius

University Lecturer, Department of Media, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki.

Event Assistant 

Karl Ketamo

MA Photography student, Research Assistant at Department of Media. Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland.

Communications Assistant

Jenni Toivonen

MA Photography student, Research Assistant at Department of Media. Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland.