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Minna Kantonen

Senior Lecturer

  • AVA 1.52, Docklands Campus
    School of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI)
    University of East London
    Docklands Campus
    E16 2RD

    Minna Kantonen is Programme Leader of BA Photography and a Principal Lecturer at the school of Architecture and Visual Arts. She has a Masters in Photography from the Royal College of Art and a BA Joint Honours in Fine Art and Philosophy from Middlesex University.  Kantonen has previously taught at Canterbury Christ Church University, City of Westminster College and Amersham and Wycombe College. Prior to working in education, she worked in a variety of roles within the creative industries from working in an image library to hand printing in a professional lab. Born and raised in Finland, Kantonen has lived and worked in London for the last 20 years, contrast which has intrigued and fuelled her passion to examine the urban environment from office workers to the city tree as a protagonist. 

    Between 2011-2016 Kantonen was the Deputy Quality Leader followed by a role as a Quality Leader for the School of Arts and Digital Industries, chairing the School Quality Standing Committee. In this role she co-ordinated and advised on the re-validation of the school's undergraduate offering including Art & Design, Humanities and Cultural Industries, Fashion & Textiles, Media & Screen and Performance Art. During the period she was also a member of the University wide Validation & Review Sub-Committee, External Examiner Sub-Committee and The Quality & Standards Committee as well as a member of the School Learning and Teaching Committee, School Board and external member of the School of Architecture and Engineering Quality Committee.  

    To see more about BA Photography Programme at UEL and our student successes:


    Kantonen’s research concentrates on the environment. She co-curates On Landscape Project, funded by Arts Council of England Grants for the Arts. The collaborative project launched with On Landscape #1 at Guest Projects, London (2014) and has since toured to Materia Gallery, Rome, Italy (2015) and Castelnuovo Fotografia, Italy (2015). In response to this On Landscape Project undertook a residency at Lower Hewood Farm, Dorset (2016). More information about the project can be accessed here: 

    On Landscape Project also holds a library of curated books (selected through open calls) on landscape that can be accessed


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    A Small Book of Trees

    Kantonen, M. 2007.


    Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Award, 2014


    Landscape photography; urban environments, landscape; collaborative practice; cross-disciplinary collaborations; self-publishing; photobooks



    Kantonen’s interest in collaborative practice as a method is applied to her approach to teaching. Recent examples include BA photography and BA Creative & Professional Writing level 4 student collaborative project and exhibition The Body and ISFCI Rome/UEL Photography exchange project facilitated with UEL Alumni Train To Create

    BA (Hons) Photography