“The modern photographer reinvents the world, opens our eyes to see amazing things whose beauty we would otherwise have missed. His significance as an interpreter of our time continues to grow...”
- Critic Raoul af Hällström about Aho & Soldan, in the magazine Tulenkantajat, (Torchbearers) 1930
AHO & SOLDAN
Pioneering photographers and filmmakers
Heikki Aho (1895-1961) and Björn Soldan (1902-1953) are viewed as pioneers of Finnish documentary film. Through their legendary film production company Aho & Soldan, founded in Helsinki in 1924 and active until 1961, the Finnish documentary film tradition was born. Aho & Soldan produced more than 400 documentary films, being the largest such producer in the 1930´s in Finland.
Heikki Aho and Björn Soldan focused on documentary photography as well as artistic photography and created thousands of pictures. They were members of the modernistic ABISS-group inspired by the "New Objectivity".
The group´s landmark exhibition at Salon Strindberg in May 1930 is regarded as a turning point in Finnish photography.
Heikki Aho´s daughter Claire Aho (b. 1925) started at Aho & Soldan in 1948 and became a filmmaker as well as a pioneer in colour photography in her own right - and thus continued the pioneering work by Aho & Soldan.
Her solo exhibition "Age of Elegance" showing 140 fashion-, advertisement- and cover photographs between 1950-1967 was held at the Kunsthalle Helsinki in the summer of 2011. She participated in the exhibition "Builders of the Future" at the Finnish Design Museum in 2012. Her latest solo exhibition "Studio Works" was held at The Photographers´ Gallery in London 19 April - 21 July 2013.
Exhibitions in 2015
'"SIBELIUS & IMAGES OF FINLAND" constituting 5 AHO & SOLDAN and CLAIRE AHO - exhibitions runs 15 January - 31 December 2015, also displaying the film "Jean Sibelius at Home", at the Helsinki Airport, Terminal 2, gates 37 a-e.
Another "SIBELIUS & IMAGES OF FINLAND" - exhibition constituting 6 AHO & SOLDAN and CLAIRE AHO - exhibitions and displaying several films, runs 23 April - November 8, 2015 on the entire 3rd floor of the Academic Bookstore, Pohjoisesplanadi 1/Keskuskatu 1, Helsinki.