Jouko Lehtola (1963–2010) was a prominent photographer known for his photos of Finnish teenagers, which were compiled in an artist book with Finnish fashion brand, Aalto, for their first collection in 2015. Lehtola’s photos immortalized the ephemeral youth capturing them in true honesty—skin imperfections, wild hairstyles, pseudo or real rebellious attitudes and all. Lehtola also photographed rock musicians, landscapes and many violent scenes of deaths, drug overdoses, and car accidents. Later on in his career, as with his photographs of teenagers, his work became much more socially aware and critical.
The Helsinki-born photographer studied painting at the Free Art School in 1983 and then went on to study photography at the University of Art in 1986. In 2013, the Museum of Contemporary Art is Kiasma displayed a solo exhibition of Lehtola’s work entitled “End of Innocence.”
text PERWANA NAZIF