Born in Helsinki, Finland 1964 | Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Ola Kolehmainen is one of the most recognised Finnish photographers. He is known for his minimalistic and abstract close-ups that depict details, surfaces and patterns of architecture, such as steel, glass and tile. Modern architecture has been Kolehmainen’s main inspiration for over a decade, especially the work of notable masters such as Alvar Aalto and Mies van der Rohe. Instead of photographing solely buildings, Kolehmainen is interested in finding details, making the viewer to question the way a building is perceived. He aims to eliminate the visual pollution that often makes us miss architectural materials and forms.

Kolehmainen’s work examines the relations between space, structure and reflection. His works are often large-scaled, traditionally hand-printed and no digital manipulation is employed. The photographs are mounted on plexi-glass, and due to their physical volume and shining surface they create a nearly sculptural effect.

Reflection has become an important element in Kolehmainen’s work. It encourages the viewer to analyse the perception of space, as the image changes from different distances. The interplay of light, reflection and colour make minimalistic photographs become truly vivid. They depict the relationship between architecture and environment, but as well the relationship between an individual and environment.

Ola Kolehmainen (b. 1964) was born in Helsinki, and currently works and resides in Berlin. He graduated from The University of Industrial Design, Helsinki and he is one of the most important artists of The Helsinki School group. His work is regularly exhibited internationally, and can be found in many important collections in Finland and abroad. In 2010 Kolehmainen’s work was exhibited at the 17th Sydney Biennale. In 2009 he had a soloshow A Building Is Not a Building in Kiasma, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki. The show travelled to The National Museum of Photography in Copehagen as well as to Kuntsi, Museum of Modern Art in Vaasa. His third monographic book, which carries the same name as the solo show, has been published with Hatje Kantz in 2009.