Vesa Ranta photography & films



Vesa Ranta, born 1973, is a freelance photographer and film maker based in Oulu, Finland.

He has over fifteen years of experience in editorial photography for many of Finland’s most renowned magazines and newspapers. His customers also include companies and private individuals. He mainly works in Northern and Central Europe.

In addition to still photography he also works with other audiovisual media. He has directed music videos and is looking to broaden his scope to documentaries.

Mr. Ranta is also an art photographer. He has held numerous exhibitions both in Finland and abroad. His art is mainly focused on people and humanity in its various forms.

Vesa Ranta graduated as a photographer from Turku Academy of Arts in 2001.

In the music world, Mr. Ranta is known as a founding member of the band Sentenced, with which he played for the band’s whole lifespan (1989 to 2005).


Feel free to contact me whenever you require a diverse photographer or film maker.


E-mail: vranta@gmail.com    Phone: +358 40 179 7990.

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Date of birth 20.7.1973



Education

Turku Art Academy, photographer (1997-2001)



Solo exhibitions

2018  ”Reunalla", Creat Space, Helsinki, FINLAND

2017  ”Reunalla", Valvegalleria, Oulu, FINLAND


2013  ”Tutkimusmatka uuteen Ouluun”, Valvegalleria, Oulu, FINLAND

2008  ”Olla minä – Being Me”, Taidepanimo, Lahti, FINLAND

2007 Gallery Ibis, Vaasa, FINLAND

2007  ”Under the Ground- A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu, FINLAND

2007  ”Olla minä – Being Me”, VB centre, Kuopio, FINLAND

2007  ”Olla minä – Being Me”, Vuotalo Gallery, Helsinki, FINLAND

2007  ”Olla minä – Being Me”, Hippolyte Gallery, Helsinki, FINLAND

2006  ”Olla minä – Being Me”, Northern photographic centre Oulu, FINLAND

2006  “Under the Ground – A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Culture house Rekord, Niznij Novgorod, RUSSIA

2006  “Under the Ground – A Blaze in the Northern Sky, Korjaamo Gallery, Helsinki, FINLAND2003 “Elämä raiteilla, Gallery Peri, Turku, FINLAND

2003  ”Elämä raiteilla”, Gallery Valo, Univ.of Lapland/Northern Photographic Centre, Rovaniemi, FINLAND

2003  “Rantagalleria stipendiats”, Rantagalleria/Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu, FINLAND

2002  “Elämä raiteilla”, Kummigalleria/Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu, FINLAND


Coming exhibitions

2018 "Reunalla" Gallery Myötätuuli, Raahe, FINLAND

2018 "Reunalla" Gallery Ibis, Vaasa, FINLAND



Group exhibitions

2014  Bangbang. Kemi art Museum, FINLAND

2012  Toinen Luontomme, Oulu Art Museum, FINLAND

2012  Lapin taika, Rovaniemi Art museum Korundi, FINLAND

2012  Lapin taika, Ateneum, Finnish national gallery, FINLAND

2009  Todellisuuden taju, group exhibition, Hyvinkaa art museum, FINLAND

2008  Group exhibition "GD4ART", Bologna, ITALIA

2008  Liaf08 Svolvaer, NORWAY.

2008  Mantan Kuvataideviikot, Mantta, FINLAND

2008  Group exhibition "Border lives", Stadgalerie Kiel, GERMANY

2008  Group exhibition "Border lives", Aachen Art Museum, GERMANY

2008  DARK, Korjaamo gallery, Helsinki, FINLAND

2007  “Under the Ground – A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Cities, Northern Photographic Centre and Arts Council of Oulu Province, Landesgalerie Eisenstadt, Eisenstadt, AUSTRIA

2007  “Under the Ground – A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Cities, Northern Photographic Centre and Arts Council of Oulu Province, "St. Peter an der Sperr ”Wiener Neustadt, AUSTRIA

2007  "Under the Ground – A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Cities, Northern Photographic Centre and Arts Council of Oulu Province, Voralberger Landesmuseum Bregenz, AUSTRIA

2006  What's Up North, World of Worms DVD, Northern Photographic Centre / Rantagalleria, Oulu, FINLAND

2006 Backlight - Suomi 05, Photographic centre Nykyaika TR 1, Tampere, FINLAND

2006  “Under the Ground - A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Cities, Northern Photographic Centre/ Arts Council of Oulu Province, Felleshuset, Berlin, GERMANY

2006  The Faraway NeGroup earby, WORLD OF WORMS DVD, Whitebox Gallery, New York, USA

2005  “Under the Ground - A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Cities, Northern Photographic Centre/ Arts Council of Oulu Province, Tromso Kunstförening, NORWAY

2005  “ Under the Ground - A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Cities, Northern Photographic Centre/ Arts Council of Oulu Province, Kerava Art Museum, Kerava, FINLAND

2005  “Under the Ground - A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Cities Project, Northern Photographic Centre, Arts Council of Oulu Province, Oulu Art Museum, Oulu, FINLAND

2005  “Under the Ground – A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Cities Project, Northern Photographic Centre, Arts Council of Oulu Province, Aine Art Museum, Tornio, FINLAND

2003  “Pysäkki”, regional art exhibition, Kajaani Art Museum, Kajaani, FINLAND

2002 “Pysäkki”, regional art exhibition, Oulu Art Museum, Oulu, FINLAND



Grants

2018-2020  Art council of Finland(Taike), tree-year grant for artistic work

2017 Art council of Finland(Taike), one-year grant for artistic work


2015  Pohjois-Pohjanmaan kulttuurirahasto one-year grant for artistic work

2015  Otava kirjasaatio

2013  Wsoy kirjallisuussaatio

2012  Oulu365 (Production grant from Oulu city)

2008  Finnish cultural foundation, one-year grant for artistic work

2008  Art council of Finland, Production grant

2008  City of Oulu, Production grant

2007  Art council of Finland, Production grant

2006  City of Oulu, Production grant

2004  Niilo Helander foundation, residence in Berlin, Germany

2004  Arts Council of Oulu, one-year grant for artistic work

2004  Nifca, Sleipnir travel grant/ Northern Cities production meetings

2003  Nifca, Sleipnir travel grant/Northern Cities workshops

2003  Arts Council of Oulu, production grant



Work experience

Freelancer photographer since 2001

Freelance photographer in Helsingin Sanomat

Assistant of photographer Esko Mannikkö

Photographic courses at Liminka Art School and Northern Photographic Centre



Membership

Northern photographic centre, president 2005-2007

Union of photographic artists

The Finnish Association of Photojournalists




Works in Collections

Aine Art Museum, Tornio

Northern Photographic Centre

Private collections

Oulu art museum

Oulu city

Using Format