Esko Männikkö born in 1959 in Pudasjärvi , in the northern region of Finland. In 1995 he was recognized as the Young Artist of the Year in Finland , and in 2008 he was awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize . A comprehensive solo exhibition of his work was held in 2009 in the Ordóñez -Falcón Photography Centre - COFF Foundation , San Sebastian , Spain . He has also had solo exhibitions in spaces Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall , Arenda (2009 ) , Finsk - Norsk Kulturinstitutt , Oslo (2004 ) , Hasselblad Center , Gothenburg (1999 ) , Malmö Konsthall , Sweden ( 1997) and Portikus , Frankfurt ( 1996). He has served on numerous international exhibitions, including the biennial Liverpool ( 2004) , São Paulo (1998 ), Johannesburg (1997 ) and Venice (1995 ) and in Art and Public , Paris (2005 ) , Shanghai Art Museum ( 2003 ) and Yokohama Museum of Art , Japan (2000 ) .