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Nailya Alexander Gallery is pleased to announce Here Far Away, an exhibition by renowned Finnish photographer Pentti Sammallahti (b. 1950), celebrating his first major monograph in six languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish, English and Finnish) and covering work from 1964 to 2011. The English first edition, published by Dewi Lewis (UK), is already out of print. The exhibition will open on Wednesday, February 27th, with a reception from 6 to 8pm, and will run through April 27, 2013, at the Fuller Building, 41 E 57th Street, Suite 704.

Although the exhibition presents both iconic and lesser known gelatin silver and archival pigment prints made in different periods and sizes, it is not a retrospective per se; instead, it is a reflection of “the restless Finnish photographer’s craftsmanship, who finds the same odd, melancholic poetry in locations across the globe,” as Sean O’Hagan comments in his review in The Guardian. “Looking at the photograph, you feel on the threshold of another, more mysterious world that is indeed here and far away.” Last summer, the artist received rave reviews by the European press for his retrospective at the Arles International Festival, including Francis Hodgson of The Financial Times statement that “his original prints make up the stand-out exhibition among the 50-plus this year.”

Pentti Sammallahti’s photographs are in many international museum collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany; Moderna Museet / Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; and The Finnish State Collections and the Photographic Museum of Finland.