Pentti Sammallahti transmutes the ordinary into an intense present

Cilento, Italy, 1999 by Pentti SammallahtiPentti Sammallahti takes no-tricks black-and-white photographs. I had never heard of him when I saw his work perhaps ten years ago. It has stuck with me ever since, though I couldn't remember his name, and thanks to the Internet I was able to track him down. A retrospective of his work has just been published, and you can see more of it online at the Guardian or at the website of the Peter Fetterman Gallery, or the Photo-Eye Gallery (highly recommended).

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