Esko Männikkö (Oktagon)
Publisher: Köln (Cologne): Oktagon Verlag, 1996
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 110075
First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated paper-covered boards; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Esko Männikko. Text (in German and English) by Rudolf Schmitz and Heikki Kastemaa. Includes a biography and exhibition history. Designed by Silke Fahnert and Uwe Koch. 136 pp., with 55 four-color plates finely printed in Italy by Musumeci, Aosta, from separations by Sele Offset, Torino. 11-1/2 x 9 inches. Published on the occasion of the 1996-1997 exhibition Esko Männikko at Portikus (Frankfurt am Main), the De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art (Tilburg, The Netherlands), Lenbachhaus (München) and the Société des Expositions du Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles.
The first publication to present an informative survey of Finnish photographer Männikko's work, the imagery in this volume depicts still lifes of birds and fish, landscapes, forestry workers, hunters, fishermen and unemployed residents "who live their more or less isolated lives in remote places." From the foreword: "In the north of Finland... lie Kuhmo, Sodankylä and Kuivaniemi--places where Esko Männikko created his colour photographs and whose names he has adopted as the titles of his works. A sense of place is important here, not so much in terms of a geographic specification, but as an expression of participation and involvement in a certain lifeworld. Esko Männikko knows what he photographs--and he photographs what he knows. He may be a documentarist, but he is also a participant."