Esko Männikkö (Finland, 1959) is known as a photographer who can gently capture the fragments of rural dilapidated landscapes, animals, and people. He self-frames his photographs from repurposed wood and antique frames. “The symmetrical compositions formally interact with the hand-selected old wooden frames, offering meditations on aging, rural dilapidation, and poverty while remaining objective and detached.”
Männikkö was awarded the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2008, and the was the subject of a major retrospective entitled Time Flies, which appeared in various museums across Europe from 2014-2016. His photography is included in the permanent collections of museums throughout Europe and the U.S., to include the Fondation Cartier, Paris, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsink, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and many others.
Männikkö is one of the few living artists in my collection that I have not had the pleasure of connecting with. If by chance you see this page Mr. Männikkö, please reach out to me.
From “Organized Freedom, Final Edition” series
34.25 x 26.75 in