Atelieri O. Haapala Artist talk Saturday 12th January 7pm

Studio Bizio Gallery

20a Raeburn Place, Edinburgh

Atelieri O. Haapala

Artist talk Saturday 12th January 7pm

Exhibition 11th January - 23rd February

by Andrew Black on August 24

Atelieri O. Haapala (between 2008 and 2016) was a Neo-Victorian photographic art project by collaborating Finnish Artists Saara Salmi and Marco Melander

We will be showing  work from this project and also the book that was produced  from it in the studio. Both artists will also be giving a talk on their work on the evening of the 12th of January.

Article in Helsingin Sanomat (the largest subscription newspaper in Finland and the Nordic countries) Last month, auto translated from Finnish, so please forgive the odd syntax! By Sami Sykkö


Ten years ago, Saara Salmi and Marco Melander coincidentally invented a new Victorian portrait style that has become incredibly popular

SEN was supposed to be one time. Ten years ago, an event was held in Helsinki for guests dressed in Victorian clothing. Then Marco Melander and Sarah Salmi got the idea. They took the camera and the lights and went on to describe the festivities in the late 19th century.

"Saara was then digitizing archive images in the National Archives' archive," says Marco Melander. The old portraits recorded at Salmi's work had impressed the couple.

"They had some sensitivity, dignity, and devotion that is not seen in contemporary portraits."

Many of those who wore Victorian style wanted to be photographed, and then it left.

Previously, Melander had photographed for Iittala and Arabia (Finnish design brands), for example, but the design description was fading, and a new project was found in old pottery.

“We call them new Victorian portraits. We take inspiration from the past and bring our own twist and fantasy, ”Saara Salmi says.

Saara and Marco have now portrayed about 7,000 couples. The studio has tattooed women, pierced men, burlesque artists, spearheaders, vintage enthusiasts and entire families. Many have come up with their own idea and in their own clothes.

Photos have also been shown in exhibitions, and now the book: Atelieri O. Haapala and its Wonderful World has been dazzling.

The couple in this magazine have described recyclable forms, whether they are recyclers themselves.

"We recycle the late 19th century image culture," says Marco Melander.

Andrew Black

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Studio Bizio Gallery,

20a Raeburn Place, Edinburgh