Timo Kelaranta is a 55-year old Espoo artist whose photographic work has been exhibited since the mid-1970s. Kelaranta’s works are in several collections including those of the City of Espoo, Kiasma, Moderna Museet in Stockholm and the Biblothèque Nationale in Paris. Kelaranta was Professor of Photography at the Helsinki University of Art and Design in 1992-94 and 1999-2001.
Timo Kelaranta’s work is characterised by quiet, personal experience and a powerful,restrained language. Kelaranta enjoys photographing in large cities and in recent years has worked in Athens (2002) and Seoul (2006). He himself lists his favourite subjects as the seashore, demolished housing areas and urban office buildings. His works always deal with space and the issues space raises. In recent years the written word has assumed an increasing importance for Kelaranta and in his photographs this is seen in the combination of words and images. Images have names and the name and the image are inseparable elements.
The Quiets 13.10-7.1.2007
EMMA’s exhibition The Quiets comprises 40 photographs, most of which were taken during the past five years. Several of the photographs were taken in South Korea where Kelaranta spent three months last spring under the auspices of the Helsinki International Photographer in Residence programme.