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Joy of Jazz

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Music, especially live music has been a long time close to my heart, and I believe that the true meaning of music is to convey emotions. In the purest form this can be done universally, independent from culture, time and place. It remains meaningless, if the artist is a world famous diva or unknown talent - the listener's experience is equally true (idiosyncratic) in both the cases. I also believe that live music events are the key issue here - not sterile studio recordings.

In my fine art photographic exhibitions the Joy of Jazz and More Joy of Jazz I investigate the above matter by means of visual communications, e.g., the art of photography. So my question follows: Is it possible to create an equal emotion to a viewer of a photograph that has been taken at the decisive moment of a live music concert?

The inner motive is not far from science of emotions, pioneered by PhD Paul Ekman amongst others, a field which I have also come across on my earlier years of making academic research. I have taught, done and followed research on (human) emotions; how well emotions, especially the universal emotions, can be recognized and analyzed, and how complex is their effect on the human behavior.

The Joy of Jazz has been a highly motived topic for me, due to keen interest in visiting Pori Jazz, which I have done since 1990 (but not been able to make it every single year). I have also photographed countless other live music events, e.g. April Jazz, Helsinki Festivals, Stockholm Jazz & Blues Festival, Billnäs Etnomusic Festival and events at the Savoy-theatre. Photographing at Pori Jazz for close to a decade, I finally managed in 2002 to have my own fine art exhibition there, at the very heart of the Festival area, on the Jazz Street.

The works that I have chosen represent, at least to my eye, the essence of making and perceiving Music - or what do you think?


The exhibition series the Joy of Jazz involved 20 black-and-white and 33 unique color silver-halide works, which were shown in two (+ one) venues (mostly differing works for both cases). For simplicity, all works are shown here (opens a new window).


The photographs were all made by yours truly, taken during years 1995 – 2003 with 135 film cameras. All the color works were scanned at high resolution and color corrected and adjusted in Photoshop by the photographer, and then printed with a Fuji Frontier 370 Minilab, on the kind courtesy of Fuji Finland. All the black-and-white silver halide prints were made by the photographer, using Ilford Multigrade IV paper.

Exhibition calender

Part I

First I took speed from a Helsinki City gallery, exhibiting 14 black-and-white and 33 color works.

  • June 11 - July 9, 2002: Vuotalo (lobby gallery), Mosaiikkitori 2 (Vuosaari - next to metro station), Helsinki, Finland .
    Open Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., free entrance.
    Grand opening on Tuesday, June 11, at 6 p.m.

Part II

The venue for the second exhibition, was the Café Jazz, which was then and seems always to be packed of people during the Pori Jazz Festival. My 16 black-and-white and 19 color works certainly made an impression to the space, for which they were a perfect match.

  • July 13- July 21, 2002 Café Jazz, Eteläranta 6, Pori, Finland.
    Open daily 11 a.m. - 24 p.m., free entrance.
    Grand opening on Saturday, July 13, at 7 p.m.

Part IIb [invited]

I also exhibited 11 of my works by invitation at

Further information


Photographs from exhibition Joy of Jazz: Part I

Photos at Vuotalo
Photos at Vuotalo

In Vuosaari, the lobby gallery of Vuotalo is absolutely huge! The wall space I had is approx. 17 m long and 8 m high, so I could use only 1/3 of it. The amount of sun light was just great!

Photographs from exhibition Joy of Jazz: Part II

Photos at Café Jazz
Photos at Café Jazz
Photos at Café Jazz
Photos at Café Jazz

Café Jazz was an idyllic restaurant for ca. 150 people, sold out every single night during the Pori Jazz festival - even I, the photographer, couldn't get inside during evening concerts. The outward appearance changed dramatically because of my photographs there.