Train crash near Inkeroinen at Kotka rail 21.7.1905 when 4 people died. Cropped image. Photo: Otavamedia / JOKA / The Finnish Heritage Agency

3.5 million press photographs from Otavamedia to the Journalistic Picture Archive JOKA of the Finnish Heritage Agency

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Otavamedia’s extensive picture archive with historical significance, consisting of approximately 3.5 million prints, negatives and slides in total, was donated this autumn to the Journalistic Picture Archive JOKA of the Finnish Heritage Agency.

The donated picture archive is an excellent complement to the collection profile of the Journalistic Picture Archive JOKA with regard to magazines and reportage photographs and an important addition to the national collection of press photographs.

“The Otavamedia picture archive is the most extensive and important collection of magazine photographs in Finland,” Intendant Inkamaija Iitiä describes the donation.

The donated material consists of images from well-known Finnish magazines, as well as entertainment and special interest magazines. These include, for example, photographs from the Suomen Kuvalehti, Kotiliesi, Seura, Anna, Tekniikan Maailma, Vene, Elokuva-Aitta, Hymy and Suosikki magazines. The archive is a cross-section of the Finnish society and news events, political history and influential people as well as celebrities, wellbeing, home and everyday life, fashion, music, youth culture, technology and hobbies. The press photographs range from the late 1930s up to the early 2000s.

The photographers of Otavamedia include famous names such as Tuovi Nousiainen, Jorma Blomqvist, Jorma Marstio, Antti Taskinen, Pekka Nieminen, Teppo Lipasti, Kari Santala, Petri Kaipiainen, Hannu Lindroos, Ari Heinonen, Markku Niskanen and Jorma Pouta.

“With this donation, we want to support JOKA in its task of preserving the central cultural heritage of press photography published in Finland since the early 1900s,” says Otavamedia’s Publishing Director Katriina Kaarre.

After the donation, the collections of the Journalistic Picture Archive JOKA of the Picture Collections of the Finnish Heritage Agency include 13 million press photographs.

Otavamedia sample collection in the online photograph services of the Finnish Heritage Agency:

For more information, please contact:

Chief Intendant Ismo Malinen
Picture Collections of the Finnish Heritage Agency
tel. +358 295 33 6382

Intendant Inkamaija Iitiä
Journalistic Picture Archive JOKA
Picture Collections of the Finnish Heritage Agency
tel. +358 295 33 6125  

Publishing Director Katriina Kaarre
tel. +358 50 310 3050

Finnish Heritage Agency
The Finnish Heritage Agency has made its extensive photographic material available to all Finns by means such as the online photograph service, as well as the Finna search service for the cultural heritage of libraries, archives and museums. The Picture Collections of the Finnish Heritage Agency also produces digital teaching materials and promotes knowledge of history and visual literacy.
The Journalistic Picture Archive JOKA was established in connection with the Picture Collections of the Finnish Heritage Agency in 2014. JOKA preserves and publishes Finnish press photography collections. In this way, the materials donated by newspapers and photographers are available to everyone. JOKA also takes care of recording and transmitting the history of Finnish photojournalism.

Otavamedia Oy is part of the Otava Group. The company publishes 25 magazines for the general public in Finland. Online, Otavamedia reaches more than 3 million Finns every month. Otavamedia OMA builds for its customers their own effective multichannel media that supports their business goals and implements the company strategy. In 2017, the turnover of Otavamedia Oy was €117.1 million. The company employs 415 people on average.

The images are intended for media use only; any other use is prohibited. The source and the name of the photographer must be indicated in all publications.