Elina Brotherus (born 29 April 1972) is a Finnish photographer and video artist specializing in self-portraits and landscapes.


Brotherus was born in Helsinki. She earned an M.S. in analytical chemistry from the University of Helsinki in 1997 and an M.F.A. in photography from the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 2000.[1] She is considered a prominent member of The Helsinki School. She lives and works in Finland and France.[2] In 2003 her work was exhibited by the Orange County Museum of Art in Girls’ Night Out. She won a scholarship from the Carnegie Art Award in 2004 and she won the Niépce Prize in 2006. She is proud of being able to produce images taken from nature that are not "Photoshopped".[3] Her work is primarily autobiographical. She documents her infertility and "involuntary childlessness" in her 2011–2015 series "Carpe Fucking Diem" and 2009-2013 "Annonciation."[4]


  • Niepce Prize 2006
  • Carnegie Art Award 2004
  • Citigroup Private Bank Photography Prize 2002[5]
  • Fotofinlandia 2000 award for photography.[6]


  1. ^ Global Feminisms: New Directions in Contemporary Art. p. 269. ISBN 9780872731578.
  2. ^ Elina Brotherus in the RKD
  3. ^ 2011 article in The Guardian
  4. ^ Kail, Ellyn (January 13, 2016). ""Carpe Fucking Diem": One Photographer's Courageous Discussion of Involuntary Childlessness". featureshoot.com. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  5. ^ Denes, Melissa (2002-02-02). "Snap happy". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  6. ^ www.spork.fi. "Historia - Fotofinlandia". www.fotofinlandia.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 2017-03-31.

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