Aku is a Finnish-American documentary photographer based between London and Finland. He is experienced in both still and moving image and has been published in newspapers and magazines across Finland, including Helsingin Sanomat, Satakunnan Kansa, and Seura. His personal practice explores themes of community and belonging through long-term projects. Aku’s work has been awarded by College Photographer of the Year, Communication Arts, and the National Press Photographers Association. In addition to his professional practice, Aku works with alternative photographic methods and publication- based media. As a member of BRAW Darkoom Collective in London alongside seven other photographers, he explores print-based work in a community setting, hosting workshops and events through the collective.

T: +358442449872
E: aku.ratsula@me.com


BA London College of Communication
Photo I, Danish School of Media and Journalism

2022 June-Aug. Satakunnan Kansa (FI) Staff Photographer

Selected Awards and Exhibitions
2023 Encounters – BRAW Group Exhibition @ Satellite Store, Peckham
2023 Nominated for the Leica Oskar Barnard Newcomer Award
2022 1st Place in the NPPA 2022 Student Quarterly
2021 Awarded by Communication Arts for student art/design photography work
2021 Finalist in CPOY 77 Multimedia: Group Story or Essay Category