Janne Lehtinen: Night Shift
Text by Ritva Röminger-Czako.
Collectors from around the world are scrambling for photographs from Scandinavia, and the work of Janne Lehtinen (born 1970), one of Finland's best young photographers, has been attracting attention for several years now. Lehtinen's latest book, following Sacred Bird (2006) and The Descendants (2008), is set in a small city in Finland. Between January and December 2006, the photographer prowled its streets at night, camera in hand, capturing such melancholic images as a father getting off work at dawn following a long night shift. But in Lehtinen's work, fact and fiction blend together; real events from the past are revived in staged images. Thus, as in his earlier, autobiographically tinged series of works, the images collected in Night Shift reveal poignant memories of childhood and make visible the bonds between generations.