For Each Minute, Sixty-five Seconds, 2021
Niko Luoma produces some of the most unusual work in contemporary Finnish photography. His fascinating, abstract compositions are not digitally processed, but purely analogue, created through multiple exposures. Luoma’s theme and material is light, and as far as form is concerned, he is interested in process, repetition, and the serial. Inspired by mathematics and geometry, Luoma uses traces of light to create overwhelmingly charismatic images. New book, published by Hatje Cantz Verlag in 2021.
This book of photos is based on the series Adaptions, which reproduces famous works by other artists. Luoma presents a fascinating visual game in which the independent charisma of the photographs acts in concert with its reverence toward Bacon, Hockney, Van Gogh, or Picasso. With tongue in cheek, Luoma thus realises the avant-garde’s desire to liberate photography from reproducing reality, allowing it to become an art.