Miikka Pirinen (b. 1985) is a professional photographer based in Helsinki Finland. Specialised in shooting people, he works freelance with photojournalism, portraits, editorial and commercial assignments.
His personal documentary projects have dealt with Finnish criminal sanction system, North American cage fighting children, Finnish rare diseases, rehabilitation of the mentally unstable in Helsinki and drought in Kenya and the Maasai, among many others...
Currently working on a book in which the great environmental issues of our time are surveyed through Norwegian oil drillers, American coal miners, German lignite miners and Finnish peat harvesters. The project is funded by Maj & Tor Nessling Foundation and Jokes Foundation.
In 2015 Pirinen was shortlisted for the prestigious Magnum 30 under 30 prize and has been awarded five times in the Finnish Press Photos contest.
His work has been published and exhibited in Europe, The U.S. and China.
Pirinen is a member of the board in The Finnish Association of Photojournalists.
Getty images, How To Spend It, RAY, NOKIA, Finnvera, Sitra, Arizona Chemical, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Universal Music, We Jazz, Miltton Creative, Touch Worldwide, Exove, Alma 360, Viewmasters...
Awards and Grants
Portrait of the Year, Honourable Mention - Finnish Press Photos of the year 2018 contest
Project Grant - Portrait Of Fossil Fueled Work - Maj & Tor Nessling Foundation 2018-2019
Project Grant - The Modern Coal Miner - Jokes Foundation 2017
First prize - Valto Pernu PhotoMarathon - City of ii, FInland 2017
Sports Photo of the Year, Honourable Mention - Finnish Press Photos of the year 2015 contest
Shortlisted - Magnum 30 Under 30 Prize, IdeasTap & Magnum Photo Agency 2015
Portrait of the Year, Honourable Mention - Finnish Press Photos of the year 2013 contest
Sports Photo of the Year - Finnish Press Photos of the year 2013 contest
RAY Together artist grant 2013 for series "The Rare"
PixPalace-Visas Ani Award Finalist 2013, with the series "Stagnant Life”
News Picture of the year - Finnish Press Photos of the year 2011 contest.
Festival Of Political Photography: One Year After The Elections, group exhibition, Helsinki 4/2016
Next Generation: Young Eyes of Photojournalism (group exhib.), Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki 9/2015
Helsinki Street collective (group exhibition & work shop) , Institut Finlandais, Paris 5/2015
Finnish Press Photos Of The Year 2013 touring group exhibition, Finland 2014
Finalists of Visas de l’ANI / PIXPALACE award (group ex.), Galerie du Bar Floréal, Paris 10/2013
Helsinki Street (solo), Bar No. 9, Helsinki 9/2013
The Rare, RAY Together -project (group exhibition), Central Railway Station, Helsinki 6/2013
Stagnant Life / Yksi Viidestä (solo), Gallery Virka, City Hall, Helsinki 11/2012-1/2013
Helsinki Street collective (group exhibition), Gallery Laboratory, Helsinki 6/2012
Finnish Press Photos Of The Year 2011 touring group exhibition, Finland 2012