15 Mar

How intrusive can a photographer be? – on ethics, political censorship and freedom of speech

Time: Thursday March 15th, at 17.00-18.00. Opening of Sakari Piippo’s exhibition” Some observations on the political system in Finland”, at 18.00.
Venue: Finlandsinstitutet, Sibeliussalen, Snickarbacken 4, Stockholm
Moderator: Jenny Sanner Roosqvist, journalist, Sveriges radio
Registration: The seminar is free of charge but we kindly ask you to register in advance here.
Organizer: Finlandsinstitutet
Information: Jaana Vikman, Head of Seminar Management and Business Relations, jaana.vikman@finlandsinstitutet.se, 072-180 30 63
Language: English

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When photo journalist Sakari Piippo wanted to publish photos portraying politicians which he had taken while working for the Prime Minister’s office in Finland he encountered unexpected resistance. The employer forbid Piippo to use the pictures under the pretext that they were too intrusive and portrayed the politicians in an unflattering light. A lengthy process followed, but eventually Piippo got permission to use a part of the pictures, which led to the exhibition ”Some observations on the political system in Finland” that is now in our gallery.

In a seminar, which serves as an introduction to Sakari Piippo’s exhibition questions will be raised regarding the health of democracy, freedom of speech, political censorship, ethics, truth value in photography and more.

How intrusive can a photographer be in his work? Where do you draw the line between freedom of speech and ethics?

This, and much more will be discussed by a panel including Dr. Mari K Niemi, political commentator and director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship InnoLab research platform at the University of Vaasa, Ville Blåfield journalist and Paul Hansen photo journalist. The discussion is moderated by Jenny Sanner Roosqvist, journalist for the Swedish radio and previous foreign correspondent in Finland. The conversation will be held in English.

Welcome!

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Dr. Mari K Niemi is Director of the new Innovation and Entrepreneurship InnoLab research platform at the University of Vaasa. She has previously worked as a senior researcher specialising in populism, media and political communication.

Ville Blåfield is a journalist and co-founder and entrepreneur at Räty-Salovaara-Blåfield. He has a long experience from various positions at Helsingin Sanomat, Suomen kuvalehti, Seura, Radio Helsinki etc.

Paul Hansen is a photo journalist working for the newspaper Dagens Nyheter. His visual storytelling has, among many domestic and international prizes and honors, also awarded him “Picture of the year” two times and “Photographer of the Year” in Sweden eight times.