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Against The Wall

Photography // Monday, 14 Apr 2014

With the release of Martin Parr’s two volume (now three volume) “The Photobook: A History”came exposure to a photo book titled “Against the Wall” by Pekka Turunen published in 1996. Turunen’s odd, yet colorful images depicted a world which appeared foreign and almost imaginary. “Against the Wall tells us about Lypö, Tilkkanen, Mörsky and others, who live on Finland’s eastern borders. It also tells about a radical change of lifestyle —of a shift from traditional local culture to being part of an international market….North Karelia in Eastern Finland is one of the country’s poorest regions, and unemployment levels are high. But the people there have an extra measure of humor and self-respect; and the courage to take risks and laugh at their own hardships,”describes the book’s publisher. Unfortunately, the book is out of print and can be bought for no less than $2,000.

text written by Canbra Hodsdon


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