|Kathmandu, 2007, is one of the many striking images published by local Swedish-language newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet (HBL) this past deacde.|
The largest Swedish-language newspaper in Finland, Hufvudstadsbladet (HBL), is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year in a variety of ways. Turning their gaze to events beyond the Finnish border, one of these is Impressions, an exhibition of press photographs accumulated from overseas reporting.
On display at the Amos Anderson Art Museum until 15 January, the exhibition focuses on the 10 years from 2004 to 2014. The decade is of particular importance as it exists as the first ten years of the paper’s switch from broadsheet format to becoming a tabloid, the first major newspaper in Finland to do so.
The decade also saw traditional media contort in different ways, conforming to the public’s changing ideas of accessing content. Video clips form a part of the exhibition, in line with public demand for such, along with slide shows that combine image and sound in a fresh way to heighten the viewer’s immersive experience.
The issues and events depicted in the exhibition are many and varied. The aftermath of the 2004 tsunami is felt in Thailand, Nepal transforms into a republic in 2007 following the war between government forces and Maoists and the annual cycling spectacle of the Tour de France, circa 2010, can all be found here.
Elsewhere, HBL’s visit to Greece in 2011 shone a light on tens of thousands of people every week who risk their lives to get into Europe via the southern regions of the European Union. The exhibition also takes a glance at Barack Obama re-election in 2012 and the first snow falling over Kiev, bringing with it a revolution in Ukraine, in 2013.
So, no need to fret about your winter travel plans, all of these global impressions and more can be found in downtown Helsinki.
Image: Tor Wennstrom