Maria Lax is a London based photographer originally from a small town in Northern Finland. She is known for her use of colour and experimental camera techniques. Recent commercial clients include British Telecom, Virgin Records, Glass Magazine and Panasonic.

Maria's first monograph, Some Kind of Heavenly Fire was published in February 2020 and is currently on it's second print run. It was chosen as one of the photobooks of the year by Photobookstore and one of the 5 finalists for the Finnish Photobook of the Year 2020. 

Maria was selected as one of the ‘Best New Talent of Photo London 2020’ by the Guardian and is the recipient of the Finnish Art Promotion Centre’s One Year Grant for 2021. 

'Some Kind Of Heavenly Fire' is available to order via Setanta Books

Represented by Stem Agency

Print sales: Open Doors Gallery


2021 Photo London - London, UK
2021 Open Walls Arles, Some Kind of Heavenly Fire solo exhibition - Galerie Huit Arles, Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France 
2021 Some Kind of Heavenly Fire solo exhibition - PHmuseum Photolab, Bologna, Italy
2021 CENSORED Exhibition, Copenhagen Photo Festival - Copenhagen, Denmark
2021 Jakarta International Photography Festival  - Jakarta, Indonesia
2020 Singapore International Photo Festival - Singapore 
2020 Photo London - London, UK
2020 InCadaques Festival - Cadaques, Spain
2020 Lagos Photo Festival  - PH Museum Photography Grant Finalists – Lagos, Nigeria
2020 Imago Lisboa Photo Festival - Lisbon, Portugal
2020 Encontros da Imagem Discovery Awards - Praga, Portugal
2020 Verzasca Foto Festival - PH Museum Photography Grant Finalists - Valle Verzasca, Switzerland
2020 Helsinki Photo Festival - Helsinki, Finland 
2020 The Affordable Art Fair – Battersea, London
2020 Open Doors Gallery Landscape Exhibition & Book Launch - London
2020 British Journal of Photography Female in Focus 2019 – London & New York
2019 Open Doors Gallery Group Exhibition - London
2019 The Auction Collective “The Summer Auction” – Candid Arts, Lontoo 
2018 Open Doors Gallery Group Exhibition - London
2018 The Auction Collective – Menier Gallery, London
2017 Peckham International Art Fair – London
2017 Open Doors Gallery Group Exhibition - London
2017 If You Leave Showcase - London & New York
2016 Hen’s Teeth Prints X 3FE -Dublin
2016 Choice Cuts - The Royal Hibernarian Gallery, Dublin
2016 Artists in Residence - Hen’s Teeth Prints, Dublin
2015 Space Jamz  - Humble Arts Foundation, New York
2015 Of the Afternoon – London


2021 One Year Artist Grant - Finnish Art Promotion Centre

2021 BJP Open Walls Arles - Series Winner 

2021 PHmuseum Female Photography Grant - Solo Exhibition Winner 

2020 LensCulture Portrait Awards - Finalist 

2019 BJP Female in Focus - Winner 

2017 Travel Grant - Finnish Art Promotion Centre

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