iWeek – 2017

New Media Art Festival

Workshop: Henrik Dunker “Older People”

Keywords: studio, photography, video

As the headline suggests, participants of the workshop are expected to draw attention to people of older generations and issues related to them. “Studio” is referring to artificial or altered environment and/or to a non-documentary style – so as to create a distancing effect. One can choose to work in a photo studio in the University premises, or to create a studio-like set-up in an existing environment (like someone’s home), or to alter the environment or use it in some other creative manner.

Following your own liking, you can decide to work with many “models” or with just one person; it is up to you if you like to make portraits or to photograph objects (such as personal belongings), or invent something else.

The end result can be a series of photographs or a short video. You can also use text or sound if you like, but the emphasis is on the visual.


Henrik Duncker (1963) is a Helsinki based photographer, who spends lots of time in Latvia, especially in the Liepaja region. Most of Henrik’s personal work during the last 15 years is done in Latvia. The most recent photo series are made in a movable natural light studio, whereas earlier he mainly worked in documentary style. He works almost solely in colour and his subject matters are often geographically focused (For example series If Nokia were a place… / Relating Latvia / Hay on the Highway / Studio Kapsede etc) or more abstract (Series Live Broadcast / Survival Handbook). Henrik studied photography in the University of Arts and Design, Helsinki (nowadays Aalto University) and graduated in 1993 with Master of Arts degree. Henrik Duncker’s work has been exhibited internationally since 1993 and printed in various magazines and supplements such as The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, The New York Times, Libération and Wired.



Reading, some examples of artists to study etc:


Berndt and Hilla Becher

Lorenzo Vitturi http://www.lorenzovitturi.com/a-dalston-anatomy/

Arthur Tress: Fishtank Sonatas http://www.arthurtress.com/index.php#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=3&p=4&a=0&at=0

Miia Autio http://miiaautio.com/i-called-out-for-mountains-i-heard-them-drumming-images