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Opus Series


The Opus series is a series of Finnish photographic art books and portfolios that was initiated by photography artist Pentti Sammallahti in 1979. Sammallahti wanted to guarantee absolute artistic freedom, and control the entire process of bookmaking from the photographs and the graphic design to the printing of the book. The book should be entirely the work of the artist. In this way, it is not the original photograph, but rather the complete book or portfolio, published in limited editions, and bound by hand that forms the artwork. Until today, the publications of the Opus-series are often completely the work of the photographer who is responsible for each phase of the bookmaking process. The editions of the Opus publications vary from five to thousand copies, and their sizes between 10 x 10 and 60 x 90 cm.

Publications of the Opus Series 1979-2008.
Pentti Sammallahti, Cathleen Ni Houlihan, Opus 1, 1979, portfolio with b/w reproductions.
Pentti Sammallahti, Pohjolan Yö I, Opus 2, 1982, original color photographs, portfolio.
Pentti Sammallahti, Ei kenenkään elävän vihamies, Opus 3, 1983, platinum photographs, portfolio.
Pentti Sammallahti, Pohjolan Yö II, Opus 4, 1983, original photographs, portfolio.
Pentti Sammallahti, Andante, Opus 5, 1984, three-color offset, portfolio.
Pentti Sammallahti, Rannalla, Opus 6, 1986, four-color offset, portfolio.
Jorma Puranen, Maarf leu`dd, Opus 7, 1986, three-color offset, book.
Pentti Sammallahti, Honnos my Fiddler, Opus 8, 1987, four-color offset, portfolio.
Kristoffer Albrecht, Quelle, Opus 9, 1987, four-color offset, accordion book.
Japo Knuutila, Joka hetki on poikkeus, Opus 10, 1987, three-color offset, book.
Taneli Eskola, Viva Giro!, Opus 11, 1987, four-color offset, portfolio.
Jorma Puranen, Alfa & Omega, Opus 12,1988, four-color offset, portfolio.
Ritva Kovalainen, Maa on kaikki, Opus 13, 1989, four-color offset, book.
Kristoffer Albrecht, Vis-à-vis, Opus 14, 1989, duotone offset, book.
Pentti Sammallahti & Kristoffer Albrecht, Japanese portfolio, Opus 15, 1990, original b/w photographs, portfolio.
Kristoffer Albrecht, Kväll, Opus 16, 1990, four-color offset, accordion book.
Kristoffer Albrecht, En avril, Opus 17, 1990, four-color offset, accordion book
Jyrki Parantainen, MAA, Opus 18, 1991, four-color offset, portfolio.
Japo Knuutila, 37°C, Opus 2o, 1991, four-color offset, book.
Kari Holopainen, Viisi lehteä, Opus 21, 1992, gravures, portfolio.
Kristoffer Albrecht, Armor, Opus 21, gravures, portfolio.
Marko Hellman, Hellas, Pernao mono, Opus 23, 1992, gravures, portfolio.
Ritva Kovalainen, Tikkuja, Opus 25, 1992, four-color offset, portfolio.
Pentti Sammallahti, Pienen pieniä eläinkuvia/Tiny Pictures of Animals, Opus 25, 1993, four-color offset, portfolio.
Ola Kolehmainen, Quinterre, Opus 26, 1994, gravures, portfolio.
Kari Holopainen, Palasia, Opus 27, 1995, gravures, picture roll.
Kari Holopainen, Lehväkäärö, Opus 28, gravures, picture roll.
Pentti Sammallahti, Sacri, Photographs as Lithographs, Opus 29, 1995, 300 numbered copies, four-color offset, portfolio.
Joakim Eskildsen, Nordtegn/ Nordic Signs, Opus 29, 1995, four-color offset, book.
Pentti Sammallahti, The Russian Way, Opus 31, 1996, four-color offset, portfolio.
Joakim Eskildsen, Meknès, Opus 32, 1997, four-color offset, portfolio.
Cia Rinne & Joakim Eskildsen, Bluetide/ Maréazul, Opus 33, four-color offset, book.
Joakim Eskildsen, Træer, Opus 34, 1997, Quattro tone offset, portfolio.
Kristoffer Albrecht, Metropol, Opus 35, 1998, Quattro tone offset, book.
Kari Holopainen, Maisemahetkiä I, Opus 36, 1998, gravures, portfolio.
Kari Holopainen, Maisemahetkiä II, Opus 37, 1998, gravures, portfolio.
Cia Rinne & Joakim Eskildsen, iChickenMoon, Opus 38, 1999, four-color offset, book.
Pentti Sammallahti, Kristoffer Albrecht, Joakim Eskildsen, Al-Madina, Opus 39, 2002, Fuji archive Lambda prints, portfolio. Text by Cia Rinne.Pentti Sammallahti, Archipelago, Opus 41, 2004, six-tone offset, book.
Kari Holopainen: Lumipilviä, Opus 42, 2003, three-color offset, book.
Kristoffer Albrecht, Memorabilia, Opus 43, 2004, five-color offset, book.
Kristoffer Albrecht, Prima vista. Immagini fiorentini, Opus 44, 2005, pigment ink print, book.
Pentti Sammallahti, Staden/Kaupunki, Opus 45, 2006, three-color offset, book. Poems by Bo Carpelan.
Pentti Sammallahti, Les oiseaux, Opus 46, 2006, pigment ink prints, portfolio. Poems by Caj Westerberg.
Kristoffer Albrecht, Corso, Opus 47, 2006, pigment ink print, accordion book.
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