Skip to Main Content

Esko Männikkö

Finnish, b. 1959

133 followers
Follow

Esko Männikkö

Finnish, b. 1959

133
Followers
Biography

Photographer Esko Männikkö gently captures fragments of rural landscapes, animals, and people, which he places in antique decorative frames found at flea markets. The intense cropping of his images divorces them from the possibility of a fixed narrative and draws each image’s formal qualities to the forefront: The symmetrical compositions formally interact with the hand-selected old wooden frames, offering meditations on aging, rural dilapidation, and poverty while remaining objective and detached. Männikkö borrows his deadpan way of looking and interest in allover composition from Dusseldorf School photographers like Thomas Struth, but translates them into an intimate, quieter scale.

Related Categories
Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Manifesta, and 2 more
Biography

Photographer Esko Männikkö gently captures fragments of rural landscapes, animals, and people, which he places in antique decorative frames found at flea markets. The intense cropping of his images divorces them from the possibility of a fixed narrative and draws each image’s formal qualities to the forefront: The symmetrical compositions formally interact with the hand-selected old wooden frames, offering meditations on aging, rural dilapidation, and poverty while remaining objective and detached. Männikkö borrows his deadpan way of looking and interest in allover composition from Dusseldorf School photographers like Thomas Struth, but translates them into an intimate, quieter scale.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Manifesta, and 2 more