Born 1962,
Photographic Artist
Perhonjokilaakso, Finland

Jari Eklund (s.1962) works as a Photographic Artist in Perhonjokilaakso, western Finland. Eklund is a graduated photographer and a visual art artist.

In his work Eklund is using analogical photography methods. As well as using B&W and chromogenic processes he also uses alternative methods (anthotype, cyanotype, bromoil, collodion process).  Eklund’s workspace is an artist’s loft in Veteli Art Mansion in Perhonjokilaakso. He also works at the Vallila Studio Centre in Helsinki where he has facilities to work with color prints.

Jari Eklund’s work covers the field of photography very widely.  He is a cabinet member of Värinä, a co-operative for artists and has a color laboratory as well as digital photo editing and printing facilities in Helsinki. Eklund has been the chairman of the Ostrobothnian Photography Centre and a member of Arts Council of Ostrobothnia 2018-2019. He has been teaching photography and held several photography workshops since 2004.  Along with photography Eklund also is a published writer (f.ex Tiger Twist, WSOY, 2003).

Main exhibitions from the past five years:
– 2018: “Manual” Group exhibition, Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki
– 2016, Pimiö, group exhibition, the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki.
– 2015, Katso vielä, group exhibition, Art Promotion Centre Finland TAIKE
– 2013, Rockin’Around, private exhibition, gallery of Finnish photographic history association, Virrat.

Jari Eklund’s started his professional photographer’s career in youth magazine Suosikki where he worked during the years 1982-1985.

Eklund currently: new and old side by side.

Jari Eklund has been working on his on-going project Rockin’Around​ ​ for years already. The project started in the autumn of 1982 and he plans to carry on the project as long as he and his colleagues are able to work with photography.

Summer of 2018 Eklund spent with his Chromatography​ –project where he worked with a pinhole camera made out of a plastic bucket. He calls the bucket cameras “Camera Situla” and he has placed 50 of those cameras around Perhonjokilaakso.

Eklund held his first Retrospective 1977​ – lecture In Kerava in January 2017 and the lectures will carry on into autumn 2018. There are 20 lectures all together.

“Project Yxpihlaja” is a photography project that Eklund is a part of. The
project will be published during the Summer of 2020.