Birgit Liukkonen / January 12, 2012

Two Faces of Helsinki exposed at Laituri

Two Faces of Helsinki is a photography exhibition presenting a series of unique manipulated images that were created by combining wartime pictures of bombings with photos of the same locations in Helsinki today. Images on display at the exhibition space Laituri will at the end of the exhibition be sold by charity auction.

Two Faces of Helsinki photography exhibition/Kasarminkatu

View from street Kasarminkatu. Source: The Finnish Defence Forces/Defence Command

The images have been created by the special-purpose conscripts of the Combat Camera Team of the Finnish Defence Forces. The idea to arrange such an exhibition originates from the team leader Tommi Kangasmaa who first saw similar works displayed in Berlin.

The photos depict the destruction that was created when the Soviet Air Force bombed Helsinki for three days during the Continuation War in 1944.

The university building on fire. Source: The Finnish Defence Forces/Defence Command

The photographs seen in the exhibition have been chosen out of one hundred black and white photographs of the time. The criteria were that the traces of bombing should be seen in the photos and the locations should be recognizable.

Two Faces of Helsinki can be seen at Laituri until February 4, 2012. The exhibition is free of charge!

Laituri, located in the old bus station building on Narinkka Square, is the information and exhibition space of the Helsinki City Planning Department.

Laituri is also part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 year and begins its WDC celebrations by arranging a pop-up picnic on the WDC Helsinki Open Doors Weekend on February 3-4, 2012.


  • Sightseeing Helsinki

    This is one of the most interesting and touching photo exhibitions I have ever seen. I truly recommend seeing it!