"The Aho-Soldan family is without a doubt one of the most influential families in Finnish cultural history. Forefather Juhani Aho (1861-1921) was a novelist and a journalist, one of the founders of Helsingin Sanomat (then known as Päivälehti) and the first professional novelist writing in Finnish. He was a passionate Fennoman: born Johannes Brofeldt, he changed his name to Juhani Aho in 1907.
Aho’s personal life was colourful, to say the least. He had a tendency towards melancholy and had several intense love affairs. He was married to artist Venny Soldan-Brofeldt, who was bohemian but somewhat reserved. They had two sons, Heikki and Antti. Aho also fell in love with Venny’s younger sister, fragile and compassionate Tilly Soldan, and they had a son, Björn.
Heikki and Björn, who were thus both half-brothers and cousins, became a tight-knit duo as children, and later on their professional careers were based on perfectly complementing each other. They were pioneers of Finnish documentary film and reformers of photography. They were most productive during the 1930’s, when they captured the spirit of a modern nation’s bustling industry and vivid city life.
Heikki’s daughter Claire Aho also started her career at Aho & Soldan company in 1940’s. She became the Finnish pioneer of colour photography and her stylish fashion and interior photos earned her the nickname “The Grand Old Lady of Finnish Photography.”
This year is the 150th anniversary of Juhani Aho’s birth, which is being celebrated with several exhibitions and publications".
YLE Radio 1, June 24, 2011 - YLE Radio 1, 24.6.2011
The book of the week: "City Life - Views of Helsinki in the 1930´s" - Interview with Ilkka Kippola -
Viikon tietokirja: "Kaupunkilaiselämää - 1930-luvun Helsinkiä". Ilkka Kippolan haastattelu.
Article in the book "Modern[ism]" published in connection with the exhibition "Modern[ism]" describing Aho & Soldan´s production: "Modernism - Essays on Finnish Modernism (German Inspiration and the "New Direction") of Finnish Photography", p. 95-103), February 2010, Designmuseo, ISBN 978-952-9878-68-0