Mikko Takkunen | +447853146309 | email@example.com | London
NB Mikko started working as a photo editor in January 2013 and is currently not taking on assignments or commissions.
Exhibition of the commissioned work, Brave Girls of Shatila, done for Finnish Psychologists for Social Responsibility in the Palestinian refugee camp Shatila in Beirut during June and December 2011, opened in Sanomatalo, central Helsinki, 16 January.
The exhibition gained good coverage in the Finnish media, as Finnish Broadcasting Corporation,YLE, featured it both on its premier TV news program A-Studio and on their Yle Radio 1 program Ajantasa.
The exhibition was up in Sanomatalo until 29 January, after which it will tour Finland for the rest of the year.
The project has a website at www.bravegirlsofshatila.com.
I spent two weeks in Beirut, Lebanon on assignment for the Finnish Psychologists for Social Responsibility. NGO.
I had my first assigments for the New York Times.
I photographed my first assignment for M - le magazin du Monde, Le Monde's new magazine.
I photographed my first assignments for The International Herald Tribune and The Wall Street Journal. Have a look at the tear sheets.
Please check out British Journal of Photography's June issue. It includes two pieces written by me, including a review of Pieter Hugo's latest book Permanent Error.
I'm happy and proud to announce that I'm now part of Reportage by Getty Images Emerging Talent. You can see my work on the Reportage site here.
I am now based in London.
Will be heading to Lebanon in June for the entire month to photograph a project for Finnish Psychologists for Social Responsibility (NGO).
I've added a blog.
Tear sheets updated.
Latest publications added to the Tear sheets gallery.
I relocated to Brighton, England. One hour from London.
I attended Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France.
Chicago Tribune did an interview of me here.
GuatePhoto did an interview of me here.
Six Degrees magazine published in Finland did an interview of me for their May issue. You can read it here.
I've just received The Finnish Press Photographers Association Young Photographer of the Year award. Needless to say, I'm thrilled!
I'm featured as the photographer of the month on the Finnish Press Photographers Association website.
I've also signed with Finnish photo agency Keksi, who will represent me in the Finnish market.
I joined Finnish Press Photographers Association.
Visura Magazine (US) featured my Sierra Leone work here.
Verve Photo blog (US) did a feature on me here.
I feel privileged to have been nominated as one of two Finnish candidates for the Joop Swart Masterclass to be held in Amsterdam 29 October to 5 November 2010.
18 international, independent nominating committees nominated about 170 young photographers for the 2010 edition of the Joop Swart Masterclass.
The final selection of the participants takes place on 29 April 2010 during which an independent selection committee consisting of professionals working in
the field of photojournalism will look at the portfolios during the
World Press Photo Awards Days and select the 12 participants for the Joop
Wish me luck!
I was awarded the runner-up prize in the Student Photographer of the Year category at the Guardian Student Media Awards 2009 ceremony held at Proud Galleries in Camden.
I have been shortlisted for the Guardian Student Photographer of the Year award. The winner will be announced in the Guardian Student Media Awards ceremony on November 25 in London
Swansea BA Photojournalism degree show SLIDESHOW (Foto8: June 8, 2009)
I will be graduating from the BA (Hons) Photojournalism course in Swansea Metropolitan University in July, and I am exhibiting at Free Range in London's Brick Lane, between June 11-15, as part of the Swansea degree show. A related online portfolio can be viewed on the Free Range site here.
Five images from my degree show series can also be found on Source magazine's Graduate Photography Online 2009.
I'm one of the Nominees for the New York Photo Awards 2009 in Student Social Documentary Essay category for a 15 image series of my Lebanon work.
I am one of the finalists in PDN Annual Student Series category. The winner will be announced in May.
One of my Sierra Leone images (See: Portraits No 4) will be exhibited at the Association of Photographers gallery in London, February 18-28, as one of the best entries to the Ctrl.Alt.Shift photography competition organised by the Vice Magazine (UK) and Christian Aid in November 2008.
I am one of the shortlisted for the Sir Leslie Joseph Young Artist Award, given to a young artist with connections to Wales. The winner will be announced in February.
I gave a talk about my Lebanon photos at Rikhardinkatu Library in Helsinki on December 30 at a meeting organised by the Finnish Psychologists for Social Responsibility.
One of my Sierra Leone images will be published in the December 2008 issue of Vice Magazine (UK) as one of the best entries to the CtrlAltShift Competition organised by the magazine and Christian Aid.
Upcoming : I will be in Washington D.C. for President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration, January 16-22, 2009.
I attended Photojournalism Portfolio Workshop, taught by Guardian picture editor Roger Tooth and photographers Eamonn McCabe, Gideon Mendel, and David Levene, in London on November 26. The Guardian is Britain’s third biggest daily newspaper based on circulation.
Some of my images from Sierra Leone can be seen in 3/08 issue of Finnish Refugee Council’s magazine Pakolainen (’Refugee’). The magazine can also be viewed online via Issuu or as a pdf. Pakolainen is published in Finnish.
I received an honourable mention in the International Photography Awards 2008, in the Feature Story category (non-Professional) for my Diamond Dreams story about mining in Sierra Leone.
One of the diamond mining images from Mamboma, Sierra Leone, was licensed to Canadian TV series The Border for use in an upcoming season two episode.
I will leave for Lebanon on August 17th to work on a project about the Palestinian refugee camps in the country.
My photograph ‘Gbindi Girl’ was selected to the Foto8 Summer Show held in HOST Gallery in London between July 23 - August 31 2008.
Shortlisted for the 2008 World Nomads Travel Photography Scholarship.
Some of my work from Sierra Leone was showcased by the MJR collective (US) in their blog along with an interview.
I attended Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Mexico City and was taught by Stephanie Sinclair (VII Network), Andrea Bruce (Washington Post), Shaul Schwarz (Reportage/Getty), and Benjamin Lowy (VII Network).
Work for a Swansea-based artist Fern Thomas, whose final MA piece included two photographs taken by me.
My photographs of Awst and Walther performances in Swansea and Essen were being used in a German art e-zine The Utopian.
Welsh-German artists Manon Awst and Benjamin Walther published a catalogue of their performances in Swansea (UK) and Essen (Germany). Majority of the photographs were taken by me.
I spent four weeks in Sierra Leone documenting the foreign aid projects by the Finnish Refugee Council.