Darkroom artist Mikael Siirilä, Helsinki, Finland.

In short

I am a darkroom artist based in Helsinki, Finland. My work revolves around themes such as outsiderhood, absence and presence. I am a member of the international film photography collective AllFormat.


I collect fragments and authentic observations from my daily life and travels and recontextualise them in the darkroom. I seek singular self-contained images that resist narrative and verbal expression.

The darkroom

Craft is inseparable from my photography. I work solely with black & white film and the darkroom. The darkroom is a space for reflection, introspection, and continuous learning. A photograph as a physical object is the final form of my work.

For more info, read my interview published in The Hand Magazine, 2021. Other texts are linked below.

Buying silver gelatin prints

My silver gelatin prints are available for order. Each photograph is handmade in the darkroom on fibre-based paper and treated for archival permanence. Photographs are stamped, numbered, and signed on the back. Please allow 1-2 weeks for preparation and shipping. Check the catalogue or contact for pricing.


A small selection of my pictures is currently available as high-quality art posters via Paper Collective.

Features & exhibitions

2022 | Design Stories article in Finnish | Finland
2022 | Fotomuuseumi Jaani Seegi galerii | Tallinn
2022 | Hippolyte Korjaamo group show | Helsinki
2022 | Interview with Paper Collective | Copenhagen
2022 | Paper Collective exhibition | Copenhagen
2022 | Ninu Nina | USA
2022 | Fisheye Magazine | France
2021 | Nostromo #3 | Spain
2021 | Dodho #18 | Spain
2021 | Fotografia Zeropixel curated show | Italy
2021 | FOTO Cult featured artist | Italy
2021 | The Hand Magazine featured artist | USA
2020 | Fotografia Zeropixel curated show | Italy
2020 | Shoot it With Film | USA
2019 | Analog Magazine | Switzerland
2018 | LEON Magazine | Finland

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Contact info

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