Nykyaika is an open meeting place for photography enthusiasts in the heart of Tampere, Finland. At Nykyaika you´ll find gallery in two floors and a reference library. Free admission to the exhibitions and the reference library during opening hours.

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Free admission

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri  12 – 18

Sat-Sun 12 – 16

Closed between exhibitions and on public holidays.


Kauppakatu 14
33210 Tampere

Gallery phone +358 (0)50 441 2040

Additional program will be organized approx. once a month together with artists: artist talks, lectures, workshops, performances or something else. Updated info in English will be published on-line in social media: follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Unfortunately we can maintain www.valokuvakeskusnykyaika.fi -pages mainly in Finnish, but hope you´ll enjoy the photos and any casual info we can offer now and then.

How to get an exhibition to Nykyaika?

If you are photographer seeking an opportunity to exhibit your project in Tampere, contact us for more information and for the applying terms. Usually we have an open call once or twice a year.
Virtual tour at Nykyaika. Street level gallery. Downstairs gallery.


Our mission is to promote photography as a medium for artistic expression and as a form of visual culture, to facilitate interaction between photography and other arts, as well as to connect photographers to audiences.


The Photographic Centre Nykyaika is run by a non-profit association. The members are photographers and visual artists. You will find links to Nykyaikas´ members websites here.

Nykyaika Photo Portfolio

Become a supporting member of the Photographic Centre Nykyaika and you´ll get one art print for free after your first payment! You get to choose your own print from Portfolio´s 16 separate photographic works from Tampere-based artists, signed by the artist.

Edition: 16 x 5

Artists: Terhi Asumaniemi – Helinä Hukkataival – Aimo Hyvärinen – Petri Ihanus – Soile Iivonen – Riitta Järvelä – Janne Laine – Mirja Paljakka – Marja Pirilä – Asko Salminen – Saara Sillanpää – Merja Tanhua – Marja-Liisa Torniainen – Jaana Tyrmi – Risto Vainio – Hans Viebrock
Digital c-print 30×43 cm. Paper: Tecco Fine Art Paper (Bright White Rag Matt / Baryt Gloss)

Annual fees 2018 for supporting members: individuals: 50 € / organizations with 1-5 persons: 150 € /organizations with more than 5 persons: 250 €.

If you want to buy more works from the portfolio, please contact the executive director and we will negotiate a package to meet your needs.

Regional Photographic Centre

Nykyaika is based in the centre of the city of Tampere, Finland. In our role as the regional photographic centre we produce exhibitions within Tampere Region for other locations and municipalities also. Our exhibition programme offers a broad perspective on the diverse forms of art photography.

International festival

The Photographic Centre Nykyaika organises the international Backlight Photo Festival in co-operation with local, regional and international partners. Nykyaika has organised international triennial every third year since 1987 (in 1999 it was renamed as Backlight Photo Festival). Since then Backlight has been planned and implemented through collaboration with institutions from several European countries. Backlight is member of several networks, such as Festival of Light and Tampere Region Festivals.

The Backlight Photo Festival promotes intercultural dialogue by focusing on revealing the hidden, the veiled, the lost and forgotten. Each Backlight presents a unique programme built around a specific societal theme. The festival features extensive, high-quality exhibitions, a symposium with lectures, workshops, guided tours, a residence programme, portfolio reviews and publications.

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Address: Valokuvakeskus Nykyaika, Kauppakatu 14, 33210 Tampere, Finland

Both Nykyaika and Backlight social media accounts you´ll find from the contact information page.


Executive director Terhi Asumaniemi tel. +358 50 5126911 Personal emails: director.nykyaika (at) backlight.fi

Backlight festival director Hannu Vanhanen tel. +358 50 557 9960 Personal emails: director.backlight (at) backlight.fi

Exhibition assistants / gallery tel. +358 50 441 2040 Gallery email: galleria.nykyaika (at) backlight.fi

Kauppakatu 14, 33210 Tampere