My aim is to support emerging artists, including students, working in a field related to photography or video. I can provide valuable insight into artistic practices and assist in all stages of your creative process from initial conceptualization to the verbalization of your work.

Ari Saarto
Photographer / Lecturer, Helsinki (FI)




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Ari Saarto

“I do assume that an artist circles around his or her main theme – or themes – like a moth circles a bright and hot lamp at night-time: circling, going endless rounds, going away and returning. Finding this theme might take a full lifetime, with its ups and downs. My aim is to support you – as a colleague – in this process of searching, concentrating and editing from gut-feeling to conceptualization of content, whether you are in your final steps of completing a project – or considering your first steps towards visualizing your ideas.

I am also interested in your artist statement and how you verbalize your work. Writing, editing and re-writing your statement can be painful, just as written words might be only a fragile extension of your original thought. If we both find all this challenging and rewarding, we can consider the tailor-made mentoring programme.

Creating a portfolio, a compact and carefully edited form of presentation, can be an essential part of your creative process. The artist-to-artist feedback and support, I can give you, are based on more than two decades of working as a visual artist. Due to my substantial experience with curating, exhibitions, logistics, insurance, editions, production, presentation, books and collections, I can offer you an in-depth insight into international artistic practices.

Both the space and time for our meeting is limited. Please, prepare your presentation with that in mind. I do expect you to have several questions prepared for me. In English, please. Also be prepared to carefully state reasons for your work and its visual appearance, because I might ask you some apparently very simple and silly questions! Please also notice that throughout my career I have not been focusing on commercial photography, fashion or journalistic tasks."

During the last 16 years, Ari Saarto has managed to juggle his artistic career and his work as a lecturer in History of Photography at various universities and art schools.

Ari was Principal Lecturer in Photography at the Lahti Institute of Design in Finland from 1996 to 2000. Since then, he has lectured in numerous art schools on his main topics: history of photography, contemporary photography, contemporary art and architectural photography. He has given workshops and courses at the University of Art and Design, Helsinki (TaiK) and Helsinki University of Technology (the two institutions are now merged into Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture), Lahti Institute of Design, Turku Academy of Arts (Finland), Estonian Academy of Arts (Tallinn, Estonia) and Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki.

A portfolio reviewer since the late 1990's, Ari has also reviewed graduation thesis, been a member of the board at the Museum of Photography, Helsinki, and Chairman of the board at the The Photographic Artists’ Association, Finland, which runs the Gallery Hippolyte in Helsinki.

Ari is represented by Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo. He has exhibited extensively in Japan, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Sweden. His works can be found in the collections of Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, collections of the State of Finland, collections of the Museum of Photography, Helsinki, collections of the Wihuri Foundation (Rovaniemi Art Museum), collections of the town of Kotka and private collections in Finland, Japan and USA.

Agata Stoinska
Photographer / Founder & Chief Editor, BLOW Photo & D-Light Studios, Dublin (IE) 

Besides visual excellence, one of my top passions is storytelling. I can help you in your editing process, give you some insights into the publishing world and share my contacts with you. 

Andreas Müller-Pohle
Media artist / Editor and Publisher of European Photography, Berlin (DE) 

You may be a beginner or an experienced artist – there is always the challenge and chance to move higher. I am committed to helping you make this move happen.

Arja Miller
Chief Curator, EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo (FI) 

I am curious to know your thoughts and excited to see your work. I am happy to mentor and facilitate your projects, share my contacts, and give feedback on your work whether you are an emerging young photographer or a more established artist.

Beate Cegielska
Director, Galleri Image, Aarhus (DK) 

I am always looking for new talents and interesting artists who are making special and unique work.

Christoph Tannert
Artistic Director, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (DE) 

I am currently curating exhibitions on young photography for 2018 and 2019. I am mainly interested in reviewing creative photography, documentary photography and photojournalism.

Elda Harrington & Silvia Mangialardi
Encuentros Abiertos - Festival de la Luz, Buenos Aires (AR) 

We might provide artists with an opportunity to exhibit and participate at the Encuentros Abiertos in Argentina and many other exhibitions or projects that we curate for different institutions around the world.

Elizabeth Avedon
Independent Curator; and Writer, New York (US) 

Having worked with many of photography’s past icons, I am now interested to review the work of emerging photographers who will someday shape the future of photography.

Finn Thrane
Independent Writer / Photography Mentor / Curator / Artist, Kerteminde (DK)  

I’m interested in all types of independent and innovative photography, conceptual as well as subjective documentary.

As a specialty, I’m offering advice and introductory essays to photobooks in progress.

Hannah Frieser & Charles Guice
Converging Perspectives & The Center for Photography at Woodstock (US) 

We are actively seeking an international mix of artists who are at a critical point of their career and would benefit from exposure through exhibitions and essays.

Hannamari Shakya
Photo Editor, Creative Director & Publisher, Raw View Editions, Helsinki (FI) 

With a versatile background in documentary storytelling, my focus is on how to build a stronger narrative, whether it is a book project or an essay. I am very curious to review projects with an in-depth and personal approach.

Irina Chmyreva
Artistic Director, PhotoVisa, International Festival of Photography, Krasnodar Region (RU) 

I am looking for work that might be exhibited at the PhotoVisa festival and published in resources that I am connected with.

Jean-Christophe Godet
Director, Guernsey Photography Festival (GG) 

I am interested in discovering and helping new talents to develop, but I also like working closely with established artists who want some honest and constructive feedback about new projects.

Jennifer Murray
Executive Director, Filter Photo, Chicago (US) 

With a curatorial and educators background, I can provide creative feedback on project-based work from both emerging and established artists.

Jens Friis
Publisher & Editor, KATALOG, Kerteminde (DK) 

I will discuss your work and give you advice on how to develop as an artist. I may hook you up with the right people to reach your goals and perhaps even facilitate publication in the magazine KATALOG.

Katrín Elvarsdóttir
Photographic Artist & Curator / Co-Director, The Icelandic Photography Festival, Reykjavík (IS) 

I can advise both upcoming and established artists on how to further develop their work as well as provide assistance with exhibition possibilities in Iceland. As a photographic artist and a curator, I can share my experience from both sides.

Laura Pressley
Executive Director, CENTER, Santa Fe, New Mexico (US) 

I am excited to work with all types of artists and can offer strategies on editing and sequencing your work for submissions to grants, awards, and more. Currently, I am looking for projects for our expanding Review Santa Fe Photo Festival program and exhibitions.

Maarten Schilt
Schilt Publishing & Schilt Gallery, Amsterdam (NL) 

We do not only publish books and market those through our offices in the USA, the UK and The Netherlands but also actively work together with our artists to help them with their careers.

Malcolm Dickson
Director, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow (UK) 

Advice will be given on where to go next or how to develop your practice on the basis of the work seen/routes into photography/getting your work out.

Marc Prüst
Photography Consultant / Curator / Artistic Director, Hoofddorp (NL) 

I am interested in long term projects with a documentary background. My approach is analytical, in-depth, and honest.

Moritz Neumüller
The Curatorship, PhotoIreland Festival, Aarhus Photobookweek, IED Madrid (AT/ES) 

As a reviewer, I am interested in seeing contemporary work made by photographers and media artists from around the world, especially documentary, social and conceptual work.

Natasha Egan
Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (US) 

I look at work from around the world for possible exhibition, collecting, or educational programming. I am drawn to work that is layered - visually or conceptually - and push the boundaries of traditional photography.

Paola Paleari
Freelance Author, Editor and Curator, Copenhagen (DK) 

I see photography as a powerful artistic means that is often constrained by pre-established formats. I am eager to discover works by lens-based artists who are into cross-disciplinarity and think outside the box. In turn I can offer an honest, regardful and open-minded reading of your work.

Peggy Sue Amison
Artistic Director, East Wing, Dubai (UAE) 

As a reviewer, I see my role as both a sounding board, a strategist for the development of the work and a professional who can provide valuable insight into ways artists can strengthen their work.

Pirkko Siitari
Head of Exhibitions, HAM - Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki (FI) 

I am interested in reviewing many kinds of artworks, no matter what medium is used. I can also assist artists with practical advice and information about the art scene, people or institutions.

Sheyi Bankale
Curator of Next Level Projects & Editor of Next Level magazine, London (UK) 

I am able to assist photo artists through publishing work in Next Level Magazine, monographs, and selection towards international photography exhibitions curated by Next Level Projects.

Walter Bergmoser
Professor / Curator / Artist, Berlin (DE) 

I can help artists who are either at the very early stages of conceptualising a project, in the process of producing a project or have finalised a project and need to take it into the realm of exhibitions, festivals and publishing.