Jaakko Kahilaniemi (b.1989, Finland) is a visual artist and freelance photograpgher based in Helsinki, Finland. He received his BA in Photography from Turku Arts Academy Finland in 2014 and his MA also in photography from Aalto University of Art, Design and Architecture in Helsinki Finland in 2018.
In artistic sense, Kahilaniemi has won the prestigious ING Unseen Talent Award Jury Prize in 2018, he was the winner of the International Photography Culture Exhibition Datong in 2019 and the winner of the Majaoja/Backlight Grand Prize in 2017. He was selected as one of the Lens Culture Emerging Talents in 2017. He was also one of the exhibiting artists in Festival Circulation(s), Format Festival, Fotografia Europea and GETXO Photo Festival in 2019. He was one of the finalists in the Tokyo International Photo Competition 2019, in the Hyéres Photo Festival and in the Fotofestiwal Łódź in 2018.
His work has been featured in many publications, including Eikon Magazine, Greenpeace Magazine, Der Grief and HANT Magazine. He has been exhibited his work at various galleries and institutions throughout Austria, China, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan and the US.
His recent projects 100 Hectares of Understanding, Nature Like Capital and Past-It are his attempts to understand the world around him and how man affects the surrounding world. He is willing to challenge himself to find new ways of increasing his knowledge and visual perspectives.
As a freelance photographer Jaakko is specialized in portraiture, commercial and editorial photoshoots, documentary based essays, photo based illustrations, and creating new visual perspectives for brands, magazines, companies and ad agencies ! And of course Jaakko is very much available and happy for commissions, so don't hesitate to take contact !