Finland

Mikko Suutarinen

www.mikkosuutarinen.com

Biography

Mikko Suutarinen (b. 1989) is a Finnish photographer based in Helsinki, Finland. He graduated from Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts.

Currently, Mikko is working for Helsingin Sanomat, the largest newspaper in Finland and the Nordic countries. The main focus of his work is documentary photography as well as long-term documentary projects. In his work Suutarinen prefers to take a sympathetic spectator position and observe events that are happening without interfering with the natural setting. His interest lays down in ethnography and triggers that are influencing human behaviour. Enlightening on emerging issues which might not be evident to the public is Suutarinen's main concern.

On some of his biggest projects like “People and Cars” and “Polar Light”, Suutarinen emphasises the importance of individual identities, their significance, as well as the correlation between culture, nature and personalities. Both projects we acknowledged by the Finnish Press Photos in 2017 (Honour Award of New Photo Journalist) and 2018 (Photo Essay of the Year) respectively.

Suutarinen's work has been published in newspaper articles, magazines and books in Finland.

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Truckers

The Finnish Vehicles Act requires truck, bus, lorry and combination vehicle drivers to have a professional qualification in the transport of goods and passengers on board. Vocational training includes training in the requirements imposed on a driver, on road safety and on the safety of the driver and the carriage, and on professional practice in the transport and other functions of the driver.

The job of a truck driver is to carry the goods, to load and unload the cargo, to take care of the transport documents and to provide customer service. In addition, the work includes car maintenance and minor repairs. The work requires independence, responsibility and punctuality. The rules governing the working hours and rest periods of drivers are uniform throughout the European Union and the EEA.

“When a man makes a mistake, it's just a mistake. When a woman blunders, she can't.” - Jenna Keinänen, 20

”I am the first truck driver in my family and proud of it.” - Eveliina Heiskanen, 24

“When I graduated as a hairdresser, I knew right away that I was in the wrong field. After two and a half weeks I quit. Even though my grandma, grandpa and father were driving the truck, I wasn't interested in cars until I was 17.” - Jasmin Tuominen, 27

(The quotes are published in Helsingin Sanomat, Minttu Storgårds ja Pauliina Toivanen, 12.7.2017.)