History of Laterna Magica
The story of Laterna Magica began already in 1984, when brothers Mikko and Aapo Pekari in collaboration with Tytti Sutela put together an exhibition of three dimensional holograms in gallery Hippolyte. That exhibition was called Taikalyhty, Magic Lantern. That exhibition later toured around Finland and was also exhibited in Stockholm and Oslo.
Pekari brothers established Laterna Magica in 1989 as an antiquarian bookstore that specializes in movie and photography books and also hosted photography exhibitions. First exhibitions were by renowned photographer Caj Bremer and his son Stefan Bremer whose manipulated pictures of Soviet politburo members were hung in the windows. The name of the store was inspired partly by the aforementioned exhibition and partly by an Ingmar Bergman autobiography that came out a few years earlier.
In between years 2006-2018 gallerist Risto Korhonen was at the helm of the galleries and exhibitions. In the summer of 2018 the businesses were passed on to Eira Sillanpää and Tapio Wilska. In the picture here you can see the new owners Eira and Tapio in the middle with Risto, the former gallerist on the left and one of the founding brothers, Mikko on the far right.