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Hannu Hautala: Son of the Forest

Hannu Hautala is the most legendary nature photographer in Finland. Now you have the amazing opportunity to see his nature photos  from six decades.


Hannu Hautala is the protector of nature of the Kuusamo area, an author and the grand old man of Finnish nautre photography. His first nature book, Erämetsän Elämää (Life in the Primeval Forest) was published in 1968. The popularity of the book and the ensuing public financial support enabled him to pursue nature photography full time. He has lived in Kuusamo near his favourite photography locations since 1979.


Hautala is famous both in Finland and internationally, and he has received many awards.


Villa Vinkkeli will have a collection of photograhps from Hautala's career, and each photo has a little story of how it was taken.

The exhibition has been organized together with the Hannu Hautala Foundation


Welcome to the opening event 31.1.2022 at 6 pm!


Exhibition open 1.2.2022 - 20.2.2022 tue-fri 12-17 and sat-sun 12-16.

No entry fee

Behind the Art

Sunday 13.2.2022 2 pm

Photographer Arto Komulainen interviews Hannu Hautala about the stories behind his photographs. Many of Hautala's photographs have amazing stories of the situations where they were taken or about the animals in the pictures. Join us to hear these stories and to ask your own questions!

The event is about 1,5 hours long, does not cost anything and is entirely in finnish. Please sign up in advance to or here. The event is held online with Zoom.


Taiteen takana


13.2 pidimme Zoomin välityksellä Taiteen takana -tilaisuuden, jossa valokuvaaja Arto Komulainen ja gallerian omistaja, valokuvaaja Kaisa Sirén haastattelivat Hannua. Voit katsoa tallenteen siitä tästä:

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