Photographer, Journalist & Documentarist
Kouta Productions Oy
Meeri Koutaniemi, 31, a Finnish photographer and journalist, was born in Lapland and lives currently in Helsinki. Koutaniemi's work extends to over 50 countries where she has photographed and documented people with compelling stories of struggle and resilience. Her work stems from the question and definition of identity. Koutaniemi has focused on humanitarian side of conflicts, displacement and discrimination. At the core of her work lies a universal ability for empowerment and resistance. Koutaniemi has exhibited her photos in over 50 exhibitions around the world. Koutaniemi has published six books on her independent projects. Among being the Photographer of the Year in Finland in 2012 and 2013 Koutaniemi has received many international awards. At the moment Koutaniemi is focusing on her long-term project about female genital mutilation in different continents.