The Foundation presents three masters of photography, the pioneering Finnish photographers and filmmakers, Heikki Aho (1895-1961), Björn Soldan (1902-1953), Claire Aho (1925-2015). HEIKKI AHO and BJÖRN SOLDAN were among the leading photographers and documentary filmmakers of their time. Their family is without a doubt one of the most influential families in Finnish cultural history. Their father was the author and journalist Juhani Aho (1861-1921), married to artist Venny Soldan-Brofeldt (1863-1945) – the “artist couple” of their era. It was Venny who gave Heikki his first camera at the age of 12. In 1924 they established their legendary production company AHO & SOLDAN, producing well over 400 films and laying the foundations for the Finnish documentary tradition.
Heikki’s daughter CLAIRE AHO, “The Grand Old Lady of Finnish Photography” - who received her first camera from her father at the age of 10 - joined Aho & Soldan in the late 1940’s. Having opened her own commercial studio she became a pioneer of colour photography and was especially active in the 1950s and 1960s.
Claire Aho’s photographs, full of wit, taken some 60-70 years ago, could as well have been taken today. They are a delightful display of Claire’s ‘Selective Eye’, her sense of composition, her humour, but above all her acute sense of colour.
Aho & Soldan and Claire Aho are represented in collections such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris, JP Morgan Chase Art Collection, New York, Liljevalchs Art Hall, Stockholm, The Presidential Castle, The Parliament Building, The Finnish National Gallery Ateneum, Saastamoinen Foundation, Nelimarkka Foundation, Miettinen Collection, Helsinki and others Internationally.