Symposium for Artistic Research

Welcome to participate in the first Symposium for Artistic Research in Analog Photography in the digital era

Symposium for Artistic Research in Analog Photography is a three-day symposium focusing on analog photography practice. It will be held 4.–6.3.2022 in the Process Space at the Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki. The symposium will present twenty artist-researchers on several interesting topics on analog photography practice from many different countries and universities. Keynote speakers of the symposium are esteemed artist-researchers Ms. Jill Enfield from the United States and Mr. Laurent Millet from France.

Symposium is organized in cooperation with Aalto University. It is part of the Helsinki Darkroom Festival which is organized by the Finnish Darkroom Association and funded by Finnish Cultural Foundation.

The participation at the Finnish Museum of Photography includes five coffees and three lunches, and free access to the exhibitions at the museum during the symposium weekend. Exhibition Impression Remains is the main exhibition of the Helsinki Darkroom Festival.

There are 60 tickets available to the symposium at the place. Unlimited number of tickets is available to the online symposium.

Buy your tickets to the symposium directly from Holvi:

Ticket prices:

Full price at the Museum of Photography 100€
Student price at the Museum of Photography 50€
Online price 20€

Program and more info coming soon:


Workshops Spring 2022

Participate in Helsinki Darkroom Festival workshops!

During the Helsinki Darkroom Festival, a wide range of one-day workshops are organized on different darkroom photography techniques and special fields. Apart from the more traditional gelatin silver printing and film developing, you may participate in the workshops about cameraless photography, portrait photography on film, camera obscura building or designing your own photography book. All the workshops are taught by experienced photography artists.

More information, schedule and registration in Holvi!

NOTE. More courses coming to the online store soon!



Together with CYAN Studio & Darkroom from Oslo and with support from Nordic Culture Fund, the association launches a pilot residency program. The Nordic Analog Network is a pilot project that hopefully will be able to grow into a regular program of artist exchanges between darkrooms in different Nordic countries. For the first ever exchange two artists have been selected for a three week long residency during April, 2022: Silvia De Giorgi from Oslo and Patrick Kuoppamäki from Helsinki. Warm congratulations to both!


On Wednesday 2.2.2022 starting at 4pm (Finnish time), as a part of the Opening Week of the first-ever Helsinki Darkroom Festival, the president of the Finnish Darkroom Association Katri Lassila is hosting two panel discussions with analog organisations and festivals around the world.

In the Analog Festivals Panel, representatives from analogueNOW!, Experimentalphotofestival, Revela’T and Rotlicht Festival come together to discuss the emergence of a number of festivals focused on analog photography in recent years. The panel will take a comparative look at the reasons for organising events and festivals around analog photography while keeping an eye on the future of the recently emerged rhizome of associations in the field.

In the All Things Analog Panel, Katri is joined by representatives from Analog Forever Magazine, CYAN, Kalamari Klub and Street Level Photoworks to discuss all things analog – publishing, exhibiting, running residency programs and of course operating darkrooms. The panel represents a multitude of perspectives, coming together to think about the robust possibilities for all things analog in the future.

The event will take place on Zoom, you will find the link on the festival’s website on the day of the event:


The main exhibition of Helsinki Darkroom Festival, Impression Remains, opens at the Finnish Museum of Photography on Friday 28th of January and continues until 24th of April.

The exhibition celebrates current darkroom art and the creative possibilities of analog photography. The exhibition introduces eleven photographers who have been selected among almost 400 applicants who responded to the festival’s open call.

The exhibition features artwork from the last couple of years and the international artists represent different perspectives and ways of expression. There are images produced with a camera as well as images created using only chemical processes. What is common to all the artwork in this exhibition is that their physical form is an inseparable part of the process of their creation.

The full program of the Helsinki Darkroom Festival can be found on the festival’s website at:

Open Call for Finnish photographers

In connection with the Helsinki Darkroom Festival, the Finnish Darkroom Association and the Association of Photographic Artists are organizing an exhibition of analog photography made by Finnish or Finland-based artists. The exhibition will be held at Hippolyte Korjaamo in March – May 2022.

Have you experimented with analog photography decades ago? Or are you doing something interesting using analog methods right now? Whether you are experienced or young, we encourage you to apply! We are hoping to see technical experiments, new ways of doing things, vintage material from the archives, and a wide range of analog photography in general.

We hope that the exhibition will feature works that have been carried out mainly by analog methods, but digital intermediate stages are not excluded. The purpose of the exhibition is to present the wide and diverse field of analog photography in Finland.



Hippolyte Korjaamo is located in Kulttuurikeskus Korjaamo at Töölönkatu 51 a-b, 00250 Helsinki. The exhibition space is a gallery corridor with two opposite walls for hanging. The exhibition space is best suited for two-dimensional works of art. The space is not supervised.



The application period ends on Monday 10.1.2022 at 23:59. Selections will be made by the end of January.

You may propose 1–3 works for the exhibition, of which a maximum of one could be selected. The selections will be based on the artistic quality of the works, technical abundance of the exhibition, and the keywords material and process.

The selection of works is done collaboratively by Katri Naukkarinen from the Finnish Darkroom Association and Juuso Noronkoski from the Association of Photographic Artists.



Please send your application to according to the following instructions:

Email Subject: MÖRK x VTL x Lastname Firstname

Email Attachment: Attach only one PDF where each suggested work has its own page.  Each page should contain the information specified below. Please do not write any other information about your works in the PDF or in the body of the email.

Each page should contain this information, preferably in this order:

  • Photo of the work
  • Author’s name
  • The name of the work
  • Year
  • From series X (if part of a series)
  • Size (height x width) + framed size (if different)
  • The technique of the work in a nutshell
  • Edition of the work
  • Price (incl. VAT, also indicate the VAT rate 0/10/24%)
  • We are very interested to hear about your methods! Please tell us about the methods you have used in this work.



The selected work is to be delivered to Hippolyte Korjaamo on Tuesday 15.3. between 11–18. It is not possible to mail the work. The organizers of the exhibition are responsible for hanging the works. It is not possible to store the protective materials in the space.

The artists themselves are responsible for dismantling their works from the exhibition, packaging them and transporting them. This is to take place on Monday 16.5. during hours that will be announced later.

The artist is responsible for the production of the works, transport, voluntary exhibition insurance, their own travel expenses and any other costs related to the installation. There is no exhibition fee or application fee.

The Association of Photographic Artists charges a commission of 25% of the VAT-free sales price for the sale of works.



The Finnish Darkroom Association is a non-profit association founded in 2016 with the purpose of ensuring the preservation of analog photography.

The Association of Photographic Artists is a national interest group that works to promote the social status and appreciation of Finnish photographic art and artists in Finland.


Call for Abstracts

Symposium for Artistic Research in Analog Photography

We are delighted to announce an international Call for Abstracts for the “Symposium for Artistic Research in Analog Photography” in Helsinki from 4th to 6th of March 2022. The symposium will take place as part of the Helsinki Darkroom Festival at the Finnish Museum of Photography.

We welcome submissions from artist-researchers with academic affiliations or freelance positions. What matters to us most is a focus on analog photography in its creative and contemporary practice. The symposium is all about artistic and practice-based research. We welcome original thinking, out-of-the-ordinary visions and playfulness.

The submissions are open until the 18th of December, 2021.

Enter here:

Selected artists 2022

Finnish Darkroom Association realises the first Finnish analog photography festival of the digital era in cooperation with Finnish Museum of Photography in January – April 2022. The international festival exhibition will be held at the museum, and artists to it were chosen from almost 400 submissions in the end of September.

The selected artists are: Carol Golemboski, Elodie Grethen, Frank McElhinney, Galina Kurlat, Giorgi Shengelia, Iana Mizguina, Jacob Clayton, Liam Leslie, Marcus Desieno ja Maté Dobokay.

Association congratulates the selected artists and thanks all the artists who submitted their works!

Courses Fall 2021

The association resumes the courses after the pause. In autumn we will be organising three courses: one on film photographing and film developing (16.-17.10.2021), and two gelatin silver printing courses for the beginners (29.-31.10.2021 and 19.-21.11. 2021).

Teacher of the film course is photographic artist and documentarist, board member Jaakko Kilpiäinen and the teacher of the printing courses is photographic artist and association’s president Katri Lassila. The teaching is in Finnish and if necessary also in English.

You may enroll on the courses at



International Open Call for photographers and visual artists to exhibit at The Finnish Museum of Photography as part of the Helsinki Darkroom Festival in 2022.

We are delighted to announce an international Open Call for submissions from artists who use analog processes in the creation of contemporary photographic works. Out of these submissions, a jury will select 10 artists to exhibit at the Finnish Museum of Photography during the Helsinki Darkroom Festival 2022. The purpose of this inclusive, forward-looking festival is to bring together various institutions, researchers and artists working with analog photography.

The festival consists of an exhibition that is both invitational and juried at the newly renovated Finnish Museum of Photography with screenings and events at their centrally located K1 gallery; a symposium about artistic research on analog photography organised together with Aalto University; workshops, professional get-togethers and events open for the public organised in collaboration with Helsinki-based artistic organisations and galleries.

Selected artists will receive

  • Inclusion in an exhibition at the Finnish Museum of Photography during the Helsinki Darkroom Festival from January to April, 2022.
  • An artist’s fee of 500 euros paid by the Finnish Museum of Photography and an expense allowance of up to 1,000 euros paid by The Finnish Darkroom Association.
  • An invitation to join the festival’s Grand Opening as a special guest.

Special requirements

  • Proposed artworks must be produced using analog photographic processes. This includes for example silver gelatin prints, C-prints, daguerreotypes, collodion wet plates, etc. The image production process can have digital stages, but the finished work must rely largely on analog production.
  • Submitted projects must be created recently (projects older than 5 years will not be accepted).
  • If selected for the exhibition, it is the responsibility of the artist to produce, insure, ship round-trip and deliver the selected works ready to hang to the Finnish Museum of Photography by 1st of December, 2021.

How to Enter

  • Read the Terms and Conditions of the Open Call. All submissions are found to be in agreement of the Open Call’s Terms and Conditions.
  • Generate your submission form and pay the 25€ submission fee via