Markku Lahdesmaki was born in Finland. He was eight years of age when his uncle gave him a simple camera with black-and-white film. His first exercise with the camera was taking snapshots of his sister and other family members. His second camera was a Hasselblad at the age of 16. His father asked him what he wanted as a birthday present, a Hasselblad camera or a motorbike. He thought that by making money with his camera he could buy a motorbike later.

Music and creating images have competed in his life as equal interest. Photography gained the upper hand as he discovered that music inspired him more to create images rather than vice versa. But the interaction between these two has always been there and is still the driving force. While shooting in studio he lets carefully chosen music fill the room.

He moved from taking snapshots of the family and shooting objects in a museum to having  a small studio in his then hometown, Tampere to shoot portraits, graduation and wedding pictures. Then a local advertising agency discovered him... especially one art director, Anne. And that's how he met his wife.

Markku left with his wife Anne to study and work abroad. While working as an assistant in London he established his own studio there and received his first acknowledgement: an honorary mention in the Warsaw Poster Biennale. Since then Markku has won numerous awards with his photography. He has won gold, two silvers and numerous Merits from the prestigious Association of Photographers' Awards, London. He has been awarded at Clio, Epica, Cannes Lions, New York Festival, CA, APA, PX3, Graphis etc. The Grafia Platinum Award was given to him for his influence in Finnish Advertising.

Markku tries to create unique images that will tell a vivid story, entertain the viewer with a bit of peculiar humor and create a touching surrealistic little world. Most of his ideas are based on values he wants to share; joy of life, peace of mind, sense of humor and appreciation for our existence, basic good things that too often are taken for granted.

Markku is devoted to his profession. He appreciates working at a leisure pace, maintaining his calm in all situations. He searches for visual power with his mind set on his goal, because he knows that the finished work is all that counts.

For the past years Markku has lived in Los Angeles working with his wife for both American and European clients such as GE, AT&T, Toyota, Honda, Nike, Adidas, Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Pioneer, Sprint and Gillette. They have two boys. Tomi, who is a graphic designer and Julian, who is an aspiring singer/songwriter Julian Jones.

 

Awards

Silver Award x 4, Graphis Photo Annual 2017

Winner AP American Photography 33

One Eyeland Award Bronze winner

Int. Photography Awards, ipa 2017, 3rd place, Honorable mention x 3, and nominees x 5

Intl. Photography Awards, ipa 2016, Honorable mention x 2

Silver Award, Tokyo Foto Awards, TIFA 2016

Winner and Award nominee, Black and White Spider Awards 2016

Best in Advertising Category and Finalist, The AOP Awards 2016

Honorable Mention x 2, IPA Awards 2016

MUSE Creative Award, 2016 Honorable Mention

Winner American Photography AP32/2016

3rd Place-Honor of Distinction and 3 nominations at International Color Awards 2016

Award Nominations, Back and White Spider Awards  2015

Second Place/series, IPA Awards 2015       

Honorable Mention/motion, IPA Awards 2015

Silver Award, Prix De La Photographie Paris (PX3/15)

Award of Honor x 3, Prix De La Photographie Paris (PX3/15)                                                    

Winner, PDN Photo Annual /2015

Honorable Mention in Fashion, 3 nominations in Advertising and Nature at International Color Awards /2015

Winner in Nature and Landscape, Applied Arts/2015

Honorabel Mention x 5, IPA Awards 2014

Bronze Award, Prix De la Photographie Paris (PX3/14)                                                    

Award of Honor, Prix De La Photographie Paris (PX3/14)                                                   

Finalist, AOP Awards /2014

Finalist, Lucie Awards /2014

Winner in Landscape, APA Awards /2014

Merit, ArtDirectorsClub NY /2014

Finalist, International Color Awards /2014

Merit, Annual Awards, ArtDirectorsClub NY /2013

Honorable Mention, the AOP Awards /2012, /2003
Silver Award, the AOP Awards /2007, /2003
Honorable Mention, the AFAEP Awards /1999, /1998
Gold Award, the AFAEP Awards /1989

PDN Photo Annual 2012, US

National Diploma, Press Lions/2012
Film Finalist, Cannes Lions /2002
Finalist, Cannes Lions /1997

Shortlist, Clio Awards /2002
Silver Award, Clio Awards /1995
Award, Clio Awards /1989, /1988

Lüerzer’s Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers 2010/11, 08/09, 06/07, 04/05

Award of Exellence, CA /2011, /08, /04, /04, /03, /00, /1999, /97, /96, /90

Award of Honor, Prix De La Photographie Paris (PX3/12)
Gold Award, Prix De la Photographie Paris (PX3/12)
Silver Award, Prix De La Photographie Paris (PX3/11)
First Prize, Prix De La Photographie Paris (PX3/08)
Award of Honor 1, Prix De La Photographie Paris (PX3/08)
Award of Honor 2, Prix De La Photographie Paris (PX3/08)

Honorable Mention, IPA Awards /2009
Honorable Mention, IPA Awards /2009
3rd Place, IPA Awards /2008
2nd Place, IPA Awards /2008
Honorable Mention, IPA Awards /2008
Honorable Mention, IPA Awards /2008
Honorable Mention, IPA Awards /2008

Gold Award, Graphis Photo Annual /2000, /09, /07, /15

Merit Award the Art Directors Club /1991
Award of Honor at The New York Festivals /1992
Bronze at The New York Festivals /1990

Finalist, The Don Belding Awards /1999
Finalist, The Don Belding Awards /1997
Second Place, The Don Belding Awards /1995
Finalist, The Don Belding Awards /1994

Silver at Studio Magazine Awards /1995

Honorable Mention at APA Awards /1997
Honorable Mention at APA Awards /1995

Finalist, Media Finland /2001
Finalist, Media Finland /2000
Finalist, Media Finland /1998

Award, AppliedArts Annual /2013, /11, /08, /06, /06, /06, /06, /06, /03, /02, /02

Merit, the Seattle Show /2003, /03, /03, /03, /03

Silver, National Addys /2008
Gold, Addys San Francisco /2008

Award of Honor at The Warsaw Poster Biennale /1986

Finalist at Benson & Hedges Awards, London /1986
Finalist at Benson & Hedges Awards, London /1985

Platinum Award, The Best of the Year, Finland /1998

11 Gold Awards, The Best of the Year, Finland since 1988
25 Silver Awards, The Best of the Year, Finland since 1988
40 Awards of Honor, The Best of the Year, Finland since 1988
112 Merits, The Best of the Year, Finland since 1988

7 Gold Awards at Jyvä/Grain Awards, Finland since 1988
26 Silver Awards at Jyvä/Grain Awards, Finland since 1988

Award of Honor, The Best Posters of the Year, Finland /1988
Award of Honor, The Best Posters of the Year, Finland /1988
Grand Prix, The Best Posters of the Year, Finland /1990
Gold Award, The Best Posters of the Year, Finland /1990
Award of Honor, The Best Posters of the Year, Finland /1994, /94, /91, /90, /90, /90, /90

Finalist, FotoFinlandia /1990, /89

Award for Experience of the Year /1998

Winner, Creativity International Awards /1995, /91, /91, /90, /90, /89, /87

Finalist, EPICA /2000

Winner, International Advertising Competition /2001

 

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Young Markku

Markku and VW

Markku and Tomi

Young Julian

Markku and Anne

Markku today

Markku today