Pentti Sammallahti (b.1950) is a benchmark figure in contemporary Finnish photography. He began photographing at 11 and has his first solo exhibition in 1971 at the age of twenty-one. As an intrepid wanderer who has travelled extensively throughout his life, Sammallahti records the relationships he discovers between people and animals in the far-off places he visits with humour and warmth.
A skillful craftsman, Sammallahti is admired for his innovative darkroom techniques, meticulously producing prints that display a depth of tonal subtlety and textural variation. Sammallahti staged a solo exhibition at Paris’ Mois de la Photographie in 1996 and another in 1998 at Houston Fotofest, Texas. In 2004, the famous French photographer Henri Cartier- Bresson ranked Sammallahti among his 100 favorite photographers for his Foundation’s inaugural exhibition in Paris. He also staged a major retrospective at The Recontres d’Arles in 2012.