TIFA 2022 Editorial / Personality

Warden'S Wall of History

  • Prize
    Silver in Editorial/Personality
  • Photographer
    Toni Rasinkangas
  • Agency / Studio
    Hämeen Sanomat
  • Technical Info
    Canon Eos 5d Mk Iv, Sigma 35mm, F/1.4, 1/100s, Iso-640
  • Photo Date

Finnish former warden Esko Aaltonen and his wall of history in a fireplace room at his house. The wall is decorated with chains, handcuffs, licence plate (made by prisoner) and a guards submachine gun. Aaltonen started his career in prison as a guard in 1964. He worked as a chief in Helsinki Prison (1992-1999), also known as Sörkka, and in Hämeenlinna Prison (1999-2004), among others. He was a pioneer of Finnish prison sports programs and the founder and the leader of the prison athletic club called Ilves (1972-1992). Photo was taken a few days before Aaltonen turned 80 years old.

Toni Rasinkangas is a professional photographer and a journalist based in Hämeenlinna (Southern Finland), working for newspaper Hämeen Sanomat.