VILLE JUURIKKALA - PHOTOGRAPHER & DIRECTOR
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Ville Akseli Juurikkala (1980) is an awarded international photographer/director from Finland. He started working as professional photographer in 1999.
Juurikkala best known from his intensive rock'n'roll portraits but he has a wide ranging career with all sorts of advertising photography. In 2007 was awarded by the two most significant advertising competitions in Finland (Vuoden huiput and Kultajyvä). He could have stayed in Finland to build a bigger career as an advertsing photographer. But in the 2008 it was time to move to Los Angeles. And very soon after Juurikkala moved to California he was working with many of the world's biggest musicians (Slash/Guns N’ Roses, Chester Bennington/Linkin Park and many others).
"Yes people see me mainly as rock photographer but personally I've always felt my most important skill being that I naturally feel happy and comfortable with people. And usually that's a two way street.
I'm The most happy with my photos when ever I'm able to reach something deeper about the personality I'm working with. Sometimes it's darker feelings and sometimes full of joy. Something intense that evokes emotions. People used to call it "stealing the soul" but is the soul something you can loose if you show it?"
In Finland Juurikkala is officially established by art museums:
-2015 Vantaa Art Museum ARTSI purchased Juurikkala's art works (Bad Religion etc.) in their art collection
-2017 Solo exhibition at Helsinki Art Museum HAM
And in 2017 a respected American art gallery (Morrison Hotel Gallery) accepted Juurikkala's works in their art collection. MHG is known as the world leader in fine art music photography representing over 100 of the most highly acclaimed music photographers.
PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER (few selections):
-Slash (Guns N’ Roses)
-Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)
-Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)
-Kat von D (LA Ink)
-Mika Häkkinen (Formula One World Champion)
-Ban Ki-moon (United Nations Secretary-General)
DIRECTOR (few selections):
-Bullet For My Valentine
-Ville Valo (HIM)
-Kalevala Jewelry & Lapponia
-The National Opera & Ballet (Finland)
-Young Director Award
SELECTED ADVERTISING AGENCIES:
AWARDS (narrow selection):
-Vuoden huiput (one of the most significant advertising competitions in Finland): Young Director Award -poster (2007)
-Kultajyvä (one of the most significant advertising competitions in Finland): Young Director Award -poster (2007)
-City-lehden kaupungin parhaat (The Best of Helsinki/Finland): The Best Rock Photographer (2007)
-Oulu Music Video Festival (Michael Monroe: Ballad of Lower East Side) - People's Choice Winner (2013)
GRANTS (narrow selection):
-"Islander" -photo exhibition in Ivana Helsinki Concept Store, New York NY, 2500 euros from Patricia Seppälä Foundation (2012)
-"Nightwish- A Day Before Tomorrow" -documentary film, 5000 euros from ESEK (2005)
EXHIBITIONS (wide selection):
-Morrison Hotel Gallery, New York, NY: "HIM: Right Here In My Eyes" (solo exhibition) 2017
-Helsinki Art Museum HAM / Tennispalatsi, Helsinki FIN: "HIM: Right Here In My Eyes" (solo exhibition) 2017
-Vantaa Art Museum ARTSI, Vantaa FIN: "Vallaton - Rascal" (group show) 2017
-Art on A Gallery, New York, NY: "Shot/Paint by Juurikkala/Mård" (solo exhibition) 2017
-Vantaa Art Museum ARTSI, Vantaa FIN: "Cover Art - Long Live Vinyl" (group show) 2016
-Tiketti Galleria, Helsinki FIN: “It’s Only Rock’n’Roll” (solo exhibition) 2015
-Ivana Helsinki Concept Store, New York NY: “Islander” (solo exhibition) 2012
-Finnfest 2011, San Diego CA: "Art With Finnish Feelings” (group show), 2011
-Colosseum Fine Arts, Los Angeles CA (group show) 2010
-Collective Hardware, New York NY: "Happier Endings" (group show), 2009
-Gershwin Hotel, New York NY: "The 69 Eyes: Route 69" (solo exhibition) 2006
-Tennispalatsi, Helsinki FIN: "Keisarikunta" (solo exhibition) 2004
MEDIA LINKS (very narrow selection):
-Blabbermouth 2017 (in English): HIM Photo Exhibition At Helsinki Art Museum
"Helsinki Art Museum present a unique project by the most famous Finnish rock photographer, Ville Juurikkala"
-Soundi 2015 (in Finnish): Suomen tunnetuimman rockvalokuvaajan näyttely Jussi 69:n baariin
"Villen kuvat ovat ajattomia ja uniikkeja taideteoksia"
-Rumba 2008 (in Finnish): Tähtien kuvaaja Ville Juurikkala
(Cover story in Finland's major music magazine)
-Hufvudstadsbladet Volt 2007 (in Swedish): Ville Juurikkala: Shoot From The Hip
(Cover story in Finland's major Swedish news paper)