VILLE JUURIKKALA - PHOTOGRAPHER & DIRECTOR

contact / BIO / CV / MEDIA LINKS

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CONTACT:
instagram.com/villejuurikkala
facebook.com/VilleJuurikkalaOfficial

twitter.com/villeakseli

ville(at)juurikkala.fi

MANAGER in US
Donna Delmas
+1 914 441-3467

ART CURATOR (photo books & exhibitions)
Caroline Taucher
contact(at)carolinetaucher.com
+358 40 587-1444



BIO:


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 art photography and advertising photography.

Juurikkala is officially established by important art museums and galleries:
-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
-2017 highly respected American art gallery chain (Morrison Hotel Gallery) accepted Juurikkala's works in their art collection and had his solo exhibition in their main gallery (NYC). MHG is known as the world leader in fine art music photography representing over 100 of the most highly acclaimed music photographers.

He has been awarded in some of most significant advertising competitions in Finland:
-2007 Vuoden huiput and Kultajyvä

In 2007 Juurikkala was thinking about staying in Finland to build a bigger career as an advertising photographer. But in the 2008 decided 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).

"Nowadays most people see me mainly as a rock photographer. Some see my works as art and some think I do mainly advertising. For me it's very difficult to see what's different about rock'n'roll, art or advertising. Personally I feel I'm just a photographer. I think my most important skill is that I naturally feel happy and comfortable with people. And usually that's a two way street.

I like my works when ever I'm able to reach something deeper about the personality. Sometimes it's all of joy and many times darker feelings. In real life I'm more of a joyful person but for some reason many people expect to see darker tones in my works. But either way werther is light or darkness I'm usually looking for something intense that evokes emotions. Some people used to call it "stealing the soul". But is the soul something you loose if you show it?"



CV:


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)
-
Nightwish

SELECTED CLIENTS:
-United Nations
-Lidl
-RAY
-Nokian Tyres

-Kalevala Jewelry & Lapponia
-The National Opera & Ballet (Finland)
-Stockmann

-Young Director Award

SELECTED ADVERTISING AGENCIES:
-TBWA
-McCann
-Dynamo & Son
-Folk

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 (narrow list of interviews mainly in Finnish & Swedish):

-TV1 Puoli Seitsemän 2018: Rock-valokuvaaja Ville Juurikkala valloitti maailman, mutta palasi Suomeen
20 min TV-interview on one of Finland's biggest evening talk shows

-Ilta-Sanomat 2018: Ville Juurikkalalle ovat poseeranneet rokkarit ja seurapiirikaunottaret – näin suomalaismiehestä tuli kansainvälisten tähtien luottokuvaaja
The two page interview in Finland's second biggest newspaper

-MTV Huomenta Suomi 2017: HIM:in tarina luottokuvaajan silmin
7 min TV-interview on Finland's biggest morning talk show

-Helsinkin Sanomat 2017: HIM on esillä New Yorkissa rockvalokuvien huippugalleriassa ensimmäisenä suomalaisartistina
News about Juurikkala's exhibition in Finland's biggest news paper

-Radio Nova 2015: Kansainvälisesti menestynyt rock-valokuvaaja Ville Juurikkala: Sivustaseuraajanakaan ei meinannut pää pysyä kasassa
50 min interview on Finland’s biggest radio channel


-Soundi 2015: Suomen tunnetuimman rockvalokuvaajan näyttely Jussi 69:n baariin
News about Juurikkala's exhibition in Finland's biggest music magazine

-Rumba 2008: Tähtien kuvaaja Ville Juurikkala
Cover story in Finland's second biggest music magazine

-Hufvudstadsbladet Volt 2007: Ville Juurikkala: Shoot From The Hip
Cover story in Finland's biggest Swedish news paper