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KatiKati Leinonen (b. 1974) is a Finnish artist who works with different forms of photography including the nineteenth century wet collodion process, which she uses particularly as a tool for portraiture.  She studied photography in London College of Printing (UK) and audio-visual media culture in the University of Lapland (Finland).  She is currently working on her doctoral thesis at the University of Lapland. Her thesis investigates wet collodion process as a tool of contemporary portrait. Her studies of wet collodion process were conducted under France Scully-Ostermann in Rochester (USA) in 2008. Since then she has systematically developed her skills and the equipment to suit her working methods, for example by building a giant camera and a mobile darkroom.

Curriculum Vitae

Artist Kati Leinonen, Photography and Media Art
Master of Arts
Born 1974 in Oulu, Finland



2013– Doctoral studies, University of Lapland, Faculty of Art and Design
2011–2013 Master of Arts, University of Lapland, Faculty of Art and Design
2008– Working on independent art projects
2008 Studied wet-plate collodion process with France Scully-Osterman in Rochester, New York, USA
2001– Working as a freelance photographer
1997–1999 BA (Hons) Photography London College of Printing, London, England
1995–1997 BTEC Higher National Diploma in Photography, Berkshire College of Art and Design, Reading, England


2015 Mirrors & Cracks (with Eija Timonen); Vaasa Art Gallery, Vaasa, Finland
2014 Reflection at Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu, Finland
2014 Lifes; Wet-Plate Portraits at Victor Barsokevitsch Centre, Kuopio, Finland
2012 Oulunsalo Soi Chamber Music Festival’s artist of the year exhibition in Oulunsalo Library, Finland
2011 Lifes; Wet-Plate Portraits at Gallery Metsola, Oulu, Finland
2011 Lifes; Wet-Plate Portraits at Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland
2010 Lifes; wet-plate portraits at Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu, Finland
2010 Valoja ja kuvia – Solo exhibition at Gallery 5, Oulu, Finland


2013 Magic and Dreams at Centre D’Art Dudelange, Luxembourg
2013 Allure of Light, Photographic Art 2013 at Lahti Art Museum, Finland
2012 Snowball Effect at Oulu Art Museum, Finland
2011 Fotofinlandia finalists’ exhibition at Sanomatalo, Helsinki Finland
2011 ArtOulu group exhibition at Gallery Valve, Oulu, Finland
2011 Finnish Advertising Photographers’ annual exhibition 2011 at Sanomatalo, Helsinki Finland
2011 SKjL Yearly Exhibition at Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, Finland
2010 Finnish Advertising Photographers’ annual exhibition 2010 at Sanomatalo, Helsinki Finland
2010 ArtOulu group exhibition at Gallery Valve, Oulu, Finland
2010 Horizon; Oulu Artists’ Association’s group exhibition at O. Jauhiaisen museo, Kiiminki, Finland
2010 Art Fair Suomi 2010 at Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, Finland


2015 Arts Promotional Center Finland
2015 Arts Council of Oulu Province
2014 Finnish Cultural Foundation, North Ostrobothnia Regional Fund
2014 Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Photographic Art
2013 Finnfoto
2012 Finnish Cultural Foundation, North Ostrobothnia Regional Fund
2011 Finnish Cultural Foundation
2011 Arts Council of Oulu Province
2011 Finnfoto
2011 National Council for Photographic Art


2011 Fotofinlandia finalist with two series Still Men and Lifes
2010 Winner of Finnish Advertising Photographers yearly competition 2010
category Portrait series


Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu Regional Arts Council (Member of the Council 2013–2014)
Lasaretinväylä Cultural Association (Member of the Board 2013–2014)
Northern Photographic Centre (Member of the Board 2011–2014)
Oulu Arts Night Association (Chair of the Board 2013–2014)
Finnish Association of Journalists
Union of Artist Photographers
Oulu Artists’ Association

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  • Äimärautio – Part 1 at Nykyaika 5.-29.11.2016

    Äimärautio – Part 1 will show in Tampere at Photographic Gallery Nykyaika from 5th till 29th of November


  • Vaasa Art Gallery 5.12.2015-24.1.2016

    We have build Mirrors and Cracks exhibition together with artist and professor Eija Timonen. The exhibition processes the different forms and levels of observation and perception. The abstract works and landscapes lead to dreamlike interpretations of the experienced artefacts. In the same time the clear connections to familiar visual elements challenge the way we are


  • Polvijärvi 2014 at Oulu City Theatre 14.8.-21.9.2014

    Posters of portraits from Polvijärvi will be exhibited at Oulu City Theatre 14.8.-21.9.2014. Polvijärvi 2014 series was a pilot project for an upcoming extensive wet-plate portrait mission. The mission is to take wet-plate photography into small villages with less than fivethousand inhabitants in three following years. Project starts in the summer of 2015 in Nort


  • Polvijärvi portraits going up on the wall

      Mobile Darkroom Project portraits from Polvijärvi are going on the wall at Oulu City Theatre yesterday. The portraits will be exhibited from 14th of August till 21st of September. These images are a start of a much larger project and a peak view of what is to come in 2015-



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