The Foundation, created in 2016, aims to make Finnish historical photography and film known through the pioneering photographers and filmmakers Heikki Aho (1895- 1961), Björn Soldan (1902-1953) and Claire Aho (1925-2015).
As part of one of the most influential families in Finnish cultural history (Heikki’s father was the author and journalist Juhani Aho, married to the famous artist Venny Soldan-Brofeldt, in 1924 Heikki and Björn established their legendary production company AHO & SOLDAN, producing well over 400 films.
Heikki’s daughter Claire AHO, “The Grand Old Lady of Finnish Photography”, joined Aho & Soldan in the late 1940s and became a pioneer of colour photography and was especially active in the 1950s and 1960s.
An exciting history covering over 100 years of exhibits and in the past ten years, 10 books published and 30 international exhibitions organized at institutions such as The United Nations, The Presidential Palace, The Parliament House, National Museum and National Gallery and The Design Museum (Helsinki), The Photographers Gallery (London) and the Centre Pompidou (Paris). Prestigious venues like Liljevalchs Art Hall (Stockholm), Lincoln Center (New York), The Helsinki Airport, Paris Photo and Photo London have also welcomed exhibitions.
This year, the foundation highlights the « Carita by Claire Aho » Project.