Joel Karppanen is a Finnish artist whose work converses on topics around ordinariness and (human) environment. Karppanen concentrates on personal, long-term projects making in-depth photographic essays and experimental documentary films. His practice is founded on ideals of social realism and humanist photography with contemporary discourse. When working, he strives to find magic and beauty in commonplace things.
Karppanen has received recognition including New Photo Journalist Award and Young Hero Grant in 2017. Karppanen's work has been exhibited e.g. in Helsinki, London, Vienna, and Mänttä and his works can be found in public and private collections. Karppanen's first monograph 'Finnish Pastoral' was published in 2018.
Karppanen is represented by ARTag Gallery in Helsinki, Finland.