Delhi, India, 1999

Gelatin silver print

Image: 8 1/4 x 5 3/4 in. (21.0 x 14.6 cm)

Paper: 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)

 

Image: 6 3/8 x 4 1/2 in. (16.2 x 11.4 cm)
Paper: 7 7/8 x 5 3/4 in. (20 x 14.6 cm)

Seoul, South Korea (three birds), 2016

Gelatin silver print

Image: 7 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. (18.1 x 16.5 cm)

Paper: 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)

 

Image: 4 3/4 x 4 3/8 in. (12.1 x 11.1 cm)

Paper: 6 1/4 x 5 7/8 in. (15.9 x 14.9 cm)

Przevorsk, Poland

Przevorsk, Poland, 2005

Gelatin silver print

Image: 6 3/8 x 6 5/8 in. (16.2 x 16.8 cm)
Paper: 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)

 

Image: 4 3/4 x 4 7/8 in. (12.1 x 12.4 cm)

Paper: 7 7/8 x 6 in. (20 x 15.2 cm)

Nice, France, 1997

Gelatin silver print

Image: 6 3/4 x 8 3/8 in. (17.1 x 21.3 cm)
Paper: 8 x 9 7/8 in. (20.3 x 25.1 cm)

Western Cape, South Africa (dog and bird), 2002

Gelatin silver print

Image: 6 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. (15.9 x 22.2 cm)
Paper: 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. (20 x 25.1 cm)

Kirkkonummi, Finland, 2016

Gelatin silver print

Image: 4 5/8 x 3 3/4 in. (11.8 x 9.5 cm)
Paper: 5 7/8 x 4 5/8 in. (14.9 x 11.8 cm)

Nice, France, 1997

Gelatin silver print

Image: 5 1/4 x 10 in. (13.4 x 25.4 cm)

Hamnavoe, Yell, Shetland, 2016

Gelatin silver print

Image: 6 3/8 x 6 7/8 in. (16.2 x 17.5 cm)
Paper: 8 x 9 7/8 in. (20.3 x 25.1 cm)

Jurmo, Finland

Jurmo, Finland, 2004

Gelatin silver print

Image: 4 1/4 x 5 in. (10.8 x 12.7 cm)
Paper: 5 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (14.9 x 20 cm)

Delhi, India, 1999

Gelatin silver print

Image: 4 3/8 x 4 7/8 in. (11.1 x 12.4 cm)
Paper: 5 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (14.9 x 20 cm)

Hanko, Finland, 2014

Gelatin silver print

Image: 4 5/16 x 5 1/8 in. (11.0 x 13.0 cm)
Paper: 5 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (14.9 x 20 cm)

Untitled (duck and ball)

Transylvania, Romania (duck and ball), 2015

Gelatin silver print

Image: 8 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. (21.6 x 15.9 cm)
Paper: 9 7/8 x 8 in. (25.1 x 20.3 cm)

Mt. Etjo, Namibia (flamingos), 2005

Gelatin silver print

Image: 6 x 6 13/16 in. (15.2 x 17.3 cm)

Lake Numakawa, Japan, 2005

Gelatin silver print

Image: 7 7/8 x 6 3/8 in. (20 x 16.2 cm)
Paper: 9 7/8 x 8 in. (25.1 x 20.3 cm)

Helsinki, Finland (birds on broken branch), 2002

Gelatin silver print

Image: 4 3/8 x 5 7/8 in. (11.1 x 14.9 cm)
Paper: 5 7/8 x 8 in. (14.9 x 20.3 cm)

 

Image: 5 3/4 x 8 1/8 in. (14.6 x 20.6 cm)

Paper: 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)

Varanasi, India, 1999

Gelatin silver print

Image: 5 5/8 x 4 in. (14.3 x 10.2 cm)
Paper: 7 7/8 x 5 5/8 in. (20 x 14.3 cm)

Houston, Texas (two birds), 1998

Gelatin silver print

Image: 4 3/8 x 5 1/4 in. (11.1 x 13.3 cm)
Paper: 6 x 8 in. (15.2 x 20.3 cm)

Turkey, Sea of Marmara, c. 2000

Toned gelatin silver print

Image: 5 1/2 x 8 in. (14.0 x 20.3 cm)
Paper: 8 x 10 in (20.3 x 25.4 cm)

Lake Inawashiro, Japan, 2005

Gelatin silver print

Image: 6 1/4 x 7 7/8 in. (15.9 x 20.0 cm)
Paper: 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)

Vörumma, Estonia, 2004

Gelatin silver print

Image: 6 1/8 x 8 3/8 in. (15.6 x 21.3 cm)
Paper: 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. (20 x 25.1 cm)

Helsinki, Finland, 1984

Toned gelatin silver print

Image: 6 1/8 x 8 1/8 in. (15.6 x 20.6 cm)
Paper: 8 x 9 7/8 in. (20.3 x 25.1 cm)

Miskolc, Hungary (duck and car), 1979

Gelatin silver print

Image: 4 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. (10.8 x 16.5 cm)
Paper: 5 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (14.9 x 20 cm)

Cracow, Poland (painting), 1981

Gelatin silver print

Image: 4 1/2 x 6 1/8 in. (11.4 x 15.4 cm)
Paper: 5 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (14.9 x 20 cm)

Ryssmasterna, Sweden, 2012

Gelatin silver print

Image: 5 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (14.0 x 26.0 cm)
Paper: 7 7/8 x 11 3/4 in. (20 x 29.8 cm)

Varanasi, India, 1999

Gelatin silver print

Image: 4 3/8 x 5 3/4 in. (11.1 x 14.6 cm)
Paper: 5 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (14.9 x 20 cm)

Humlebaek, Denmark, 1999

Gelatin silver print

Image: 4 7/8 x 3 13/16 in. (12.4 x 9.7 cm)
Paper: 7 x 5 in. (17.8 x 12.7 cm)

Cracow, Poland (triptych), 1974

Gelatin silver print

Image: 3 1/8 x 6 3/8 in. (7.9 x 16.2 cm)
Paper: 5 x 8 in. (12.7 x 20.3 cm)

Luxor, Egypt, 2001

Gelatin silver print

Image: 6 x 4 3/16 in. (15.2 x 10.6 cm)
Paper: 8 x 6 in. (20.3 x 15.2 cm)

Bavaria, Germany (two birds), 1969

Gelatin silver print

Image: 6 x 6 1/8 in. (15.2 x 15.6 cm)
Paper: 9 7/8 x 8 in. (25.1 x 20.3 cm)

Humlebaek, Denmark (seagull), 1999

Gelatin silver print

Image: 5 5/16 x 3 9/16 in. (13.5 x 9.1 cm)
Paper: 7 x 4 3/4 in. (17.8 x 12.1 cm)

Kökar, Finland (swan), 2008

Gelatin silver print

Image: 7 1/8 x 6 1/4 in. (18.1 x 15.9 cm)
Paper: 9 7/8 x 8 in. (25.1 x 20.3 cm)

Druridge Bay, England, 1998

Gelatin silver print

Image: 7 x 6 3/8 in. (17.8 x 16.2 cm)
Paper: 9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (25.1 x 20 cm)

Gotland, Sweden (windmill), 1997

Gelatin silver print

Image: 6 1/2 x 6 3/8 in. (16.5 x 16.2 cm)
Paper: 10 x 7 7/8 in. (25.4 x 20 cm)

Helsinki, Finland, 2000

Gelatin silver print

Image: 4 3/8 x 3 11/16 in. (11.1 x 9.4 cm)
Paper: 6 1/4 x 4 7/8 in. (15.9 x 12.4 cm)

 

Image: 6 7/8 x 5 7/8 in. (17.5 x 14.9 cm)

Paper: 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)

Helsinki, Finland (ducks on broken ice), 1973

Gelatin silver print

Image: 4 7/8 x 7 1/8 in. (12.4 x 18.1 cm)
Paper: 7 x 9 7/8 in. (17.8 x 25.1 cm)

Helsinki, Finland, 1997

Gelatin silver print

Image: 4 1/4 x 3 11/16 in. (10.8 x 9.4 cm)
Paper: 5 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (14.6 x 12.1 cm)

Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia, 1980

Gelatin silver print

Image: 3 1/2 x 6 3/8 in. (11.1 x 16.2 cm)
Paper: 5 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (14.9 x 20 cm)

Solovki, White Sea, Russia, 1992

Gelatin silver print

Image: 4 9/16 x 7 in. (11.6 x 17.8 cm)
Paper: 7 x 11 in. (17.8 x 27.9 cm)

Paanajärvi, Karelia, Russia, 1992

Archival pigment print

Image: 9 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (24.1 x 54.6 cm)

Sarospatak, Hungary, 1979

Gelatin silver print

Image: 4 5/16 x 6 1/8 in. (11.0 x 15.6 cm)
Paper: 6 x 7 3/4 in. (15.2 x 19.7 cm)

Skeleton Coast, Namibia, 2005

Gelatin silver print

Image: 5 7/8 x 7 3/4 in. (14.9 x 19.7 cm)
Paper: 7 7/8 x 9 3/4 in. (20 x 24.8 cm)

Kitakata, Japan, 2005

Gelatin silver print

Image: 7 1/4 x 6 3/4 in. (19.7 x 17.1 cm)
Paper: 9 3/4 x 8 in. (24.8 x 20.3 cm)

Obuko, Gambia (monkey and bird), 2009

Gelatin silver print

Image: 6 x 4 1/2 in. (15.2 x 11.4 cm)
Paper: 8 x 6 in. (20.3 x 15.2 cm)

Bolders Beach, South Africa (African penguins), 2002

Gelatin silver print

Image: 7 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (18.4 x 15.9 cm)
Paper: 9 3/4 x 8 in. (24.8 x 20.3 cm)

Martinmere, England, 1996

Gelatin silver print

Image: 3 3/4 x 10 5/16 in. (9.5 x 26.2 cm)
Paper: 7 3/4 x 11 5/8 in. (19.7 x 29.5 cm)

 

Archival pigment print

Image: 14 1/4 x 36 1/8 in. (36.2 x 91.8 cm)

Paper: 16 7/8 x 39 7/8 in. (42.9 x 101.3 cm)

Lemland, Finland, 1989

Gelatin silver print

Image: 4 1/8 x 10 1/4 in. (10.5 x 26.0 cm)
Paper: 7 1/2 x 11 5/8 in. (19.1 x 29.5 cm)

 

Archival pigment print

Image: 14 1/2 x 35 1/4 in. (36.8 x 89.5 cm)

Paper: 16 7/8 x 39 7/8 in. (42.9 x 101.3 cm)

Fiskars, Finland, 1990

Gelatin silver print

Image: 10 x 4 1/4 in. (25.4 x10.8 cm)
Paper: 11 7/8 x 7 7/16 in. (30.2 x 18.9 cm)

 

Archival pigment print

Image: 34 7/8 x 15 in. (88.6 x 38.1 cm)

Paper: 39 1/8 x 17 in. (99.4 x 43.2 cm)

Press Release

Nailya Alexander Gallery is pleased to present Pentti Sammallahti’s Birds, an exhibition of photographs made during the artist’s travels in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, India, Namibia, and South Africa. Pentti Sammallahti's Birds is on view from January 10th through 31st and coincides with the release of Sammallahti’s most recent monograph Des Oiseaux (About Birds), published in November 2018 by Editions Xavier Barral.

Pentti Sammallahti’s Birds is the artist’s fourth solo exhibition at Nailya Alexander Gallery, and the first to focus exclusively on one of his most consistent and compelling subjects: birds. Despite his frequent attention to dogs, cats, and other animals during his many travels, Sammallahti’s work finds its true apotheosis in birds. Residents of the land, sea, and sky, birds find their way into the artist’s field of vision no matter what continent or country he explores. In some photographs, they fill the frame as a flock, alighting from a tree or field, their speed and restlessness mirroring the artist’s own itinerant spirit; in others, one or two stands alone, sanctifying the spot with its quiet presence and its choice to break flight. In many photographs, the small shape of a bird is the anchor that unifies the entire composition, holding its own beneath a staggering sky, or bringing delicate balance to a jumble of branches or power lines.

In a 2012 review for The Guardian, writer Sean O’Hagan notes that Sammallahti “captures humans and animals in worlds of their own, lost in reverie: dogs chase birds, birds cautiously approach humans or circle above them…But what is most palpable is the silence of the surroundings. Looking at the photograph, you feel on the threshold of another, more mysterious world that is indeed here and far away.”


Born in 1950 in Helsinki, Finland, Sammallahti joined the Helsinki Camera Club in 1964 and held his first solo exhibition in 1971. His work can be found in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the J. Paul Getty Museum, LA; the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; the Stedilijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and the Finnish State Collections and the Photographic Museum of Finland, among others. In 2004, Henri Cartier-Bresson ranked Sammallahti among his 100 favorite photographers during the inaugural exhibition at the Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris. His first major retrospective monograph, Here Far Away (Dewi Lewis, 2012), was published in six languages.

For more information about the exhibition, please contact the gallery. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and by appointment.