Bio Katri Lassila (1979) is a Finnish artist and filmmaker, MFA from the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Department of Photography in 2008. Lassila is working currently for Aalto University as a doctoral candidate. In her dissertation, Lassila studies conceptual and poetic aspects in between film and photography of landscape imagery for the Department of Film. Lassila works in the fields of photography, essay film and painting. In the field of photography Lassila is specialised in handmade black and white silver gelatin print, which she has been training incessantly from 1999. Lassila was a founding member and the first president of the The Darkroom Artists' Association of Finland (established in 2016), organization dedicated to developing, teaching and promoting the traditional darkroom arts.
Lassila has been exhibiting her works in solo and group exhibits since 1999 and published one photography book and two portfolios, included in Pentti Sammallahti's famous Opus series. Lassila photographed the images for Leena Krohn's book Letter for Buddha in 2016. In 2018 Lassila was invited to give an exhibit in Centro Cultural Inca Garcilaso, Lima, Peru, organised in cooperation by Gallery Duetto, Finnish Embassy of Peru and the Peru Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Lassila's works often lack of modern day marks, showing world as it could be or as it may have been in the past or in some alternate, aesthetic reality. Fascinating her works, especially photographs, makes the knowledge that they are unaltered direct photographs. That they have really existed as seen in pictures. Lassila states that she's interested in threads that run through times, some unchanged parts of the world or some essence, difficult to pinpoint exactly. People in the pictures seem to belong in their surroundings. Lassila says that she sees human beings as part of a greater whole, part of the nature instead of its opposites. From the field of the moving image Lassila mentions often French filmmaker Chris Marker, and especially his photographic essay film La Jetée (1962). Recurring themes in Lassila's works are landscape and water, through which she explores humane conceptions and experiences of time and memory.