Juha Metso

A summary of Juha Metso’s career in the book Emotion in Motion

Juha Metso has held dozens of photographic exhibitions and participated in numerous joint exhibitions all over the world. In September 2015 he was invited to participate in the Creative Climate Awards in New York. Metso's series of black-and-white photographs named Ice–Stay (Jää–Jää in Finnish) speak of the chilling apocalyptic consequences of climate change. In Finland, Juha Metso received an honourable mention in the nationally significant Fotofinlandia* competition three times in the 1990s. He also received the award for reportage photograph of the year in 2000 and 2004, the 2000 photojournalist award and the 2010 Kymenlaakso photographic art prize.

Juha Metso has taken photographs in around sixty countries. His photo reportages have been printed in several newspapers and magazines over the years. Finland's largest national daily newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, has published Metso's photographs on subjects including the crisis zones in Afghanistan and Kosovo. He has photographed life in Africa and everyday activities e.g. in Ethiopia, and in Benin along the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. Several books have been published on the subject of Metso's photographic trips to Russia. The focus is on people in their own environments, whether old or young, beautiful or ugly, celebrity or nobody.