Professor Asko Lehmuskallio

Professor Asko Lehmuskallio

Visiting Professor

Department of Media and Communications

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English, Finnish, German
Key Expertise
Visual studies, practice theory, media anthropology

About me

Asko Lehmuskallio serves as Professor of Visual Studies in the Communication Sciences Unit at Tampere University, Finland. He is co-founder and director of the Visual Studies Lab, created to advance the interdisciplinary study of the visual in its many forms.

Working at the intersections between visual studies and media studies, Lehmuskallio is particularly interested in the interrelations between images, bodies and visual technologies, specifically those between seeing and knowing. He leads two research projects, one on Banal Surveillance, funded by the Academy of Finland, another on Image/Knowledge, funded by the C.V. Åkerlund Media Foundation. In addition, he is involved in a project on Speculative Cameras.

Lehmuskallio studied Cultural Anthropology at Philipps-Universität Marburg, and Image Science (Bildwissenschaft) at the Dept. of Art History and Media Theory, Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe. He received his PhD (YTT) at the School of Communication, Media and Theatre in Tampere, and was awarded in 2016 the Title of Docent in Visual Studies. Lehmuskallio has worked also as researcher at the Helsinki Insitute for Information Technology HIIT and conducted postdoctoral work at the University of Siegen.

After his PhD, Lehmuskallio has held several other positions abroad too, including as Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, US and at the Sussex Humanities Lab, UK, as well as Rudolf Arnheim Guest Professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.

During his time at LSE he works with Professor Lilie Chouliaraki.

Photo: Barbara Herrenkind

Expertise Details

Visual studies; practice theory; media anthropology; networked cameras; privacy and boundary regulation; the face


Books and Journal special issues 

  • 2020, Ruumiin ja dokumenttien kytkökset: Suomen passin historiaa, Paula Haara & Asko Lehmuskallio, Helsinki: Finnish Museum of Photography. 167 pages. ISBN 978-951-9086-97-2. (Entanglements between bodies and documents: A history of the Finnish passport).
  • 2017, Digital Culture & Society, 3 (2), special issue on mobile digital practices, guest editors Anna Lisa Ramella, Asko Lehmuskallio, Tristan Thielmann and Pablo Abend.
  • 2016, Digital Photography and Everyday Life. Empirical Studies on material visual practices. Edgar Gómez Cruz and Asko Lehmuskallio (eds), London/New York: Routledge. 295 pages. ISBN: 978-1-138-89981-0.
  • 2014, #Snapshot. Cameras Amongst Us / #snapshot. Kamerat keskuudessamme. Asko Lehmuskallio and Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (eds). Helsinki: Finnish Museum of Photography. 124 pages. ISBN: 9789519086934.
  • 2012, Pictorial Practices in a ‘Cam Era’, Asko Lehmuskallio, Tampere: Tampere University Press. 362 pages. ISBN 978-951-44-8846-7
  • 1999, C. G. Mannerheim in Central Asia 1906–1908. Petteri Koskikallio and Asko Lehmuskallio (eds). Helsinki: National Board of Antiquities.


Journal articles and book chapters 

  • Forthcoming, The passport as a medium of movement, Asko Lehmuskallio & Paula Haara. In: Eisenmann, Clemens; Englert, Kathrin; Schubert, Cornelius; Voss, Ehler (Forthcoming) (Eds): Varieties of Cooperation. Mutually Making the Conditions of Mutual Making. Wiesbaden: Springer.
  • 2021, Dreams of Ubiquitous Camera Use: Attachment Suggestions in Early Kodak Advertisements, Lehmuskallio A. In: Kruse, Christiane and Mersmann, Birgit. Bildagenten. Paderborn: Brill, p. 257-275.
  • 2020, The Camera as a Meeting Place for Decision Making, Lehmuskallio, A. In: Hall, Amy (ed). The Camera as Actor. London/New York: Routledge, p. 17-28.
  • 2019, Material Mediations Complicate Communication Privacy Management: The Case of Wilma in Finnish High Schools, Lehmuskallio A and Lampinen A. International Journal of Communication 13(2019), 5752–5770. (republished 2020 in the Collaborative Research Center 1187 Media of Cooperation Working Paper Series, 16(2020), 1–15, urn:nbn:de:hbz:467-16248).
  • 2019, Photo use while dating: From forecasted photos in Tinder to creating co-presence using other media, Jänkälä A, Lehmuskallio, A and Takala T. Human Technology, 15 (2), 202-225,
  • 2018, Photorealistic computer-generated images are difficult to distinguish from digital photographs: A case study with professional photographers and photo-editors, Lehmuskallio A, Häkkinen J and Seppänen J. Visual Communication, Online First, March 4 2018,
  • 2017, Mobile Digital Practices. Situating People, Things, and Data, Ramella, AL, Lehmuskallio, A, Thielmann, T and Abend, P. Digital Culture & Society, 3(2): 5–18,
  • 2017, Notes on the thin line between the smile and the grimace, Lehmuskallio A. Membrana, 2, 64–67.
  • 2017, Kuva-aktivismin visuaalista antropologiaa, Lehmuskallio A. In: Kupiainen, Jari & Häkkinen, Liisa (eds). Kuvatut kulttuurit. Johdatus visuaaliseen antropologiaan. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura. (“A visual anthropology of image activism”, In: Depicted Cultures. An Introduction to Visual Anthropology)
  • 2016, The camera as a sensor among many: The visualization of everyday digital photography as simulative, heuristic and layered pictures, Lehmuskallio A. In: Gómez Cruz, Edgar and Lehmuskallio, Asko (eds). Digital Photography and Everyday Life. Empirical Studies on material visual practices. New York/London: Routledge, p. 243–266.
  • 2016, Why Material Visual Practices?, Lehmuskallio A and Gómez Cruz E In: Ibid. (eds). Digital Photography and Everyday Life. Empirical Studies on material visual practices. New York/London: Routledge, p. 1–16.
  • 2016, Miten katsoa silmät kiinni?, Seppänen J, Häkkinen J and Lehmuskallio A. 2016.  In: Ylikangas, Mikko (ed.). Mielen salat. Helsinki: Helsinki Gaudeamus University Press & Academy of Finland, p. 172–185. (“How to look with one’s eyes closed”, In: Secrets of the mind).
  • 2014, The Clash Between Privacy and Automation in Social Media, Vihavainen S, Lampinen A, Oulasvirta A, Silfverberg S and Lehmuskallio A. IEEE Pervasive Computing, January-March 2014, p. 56-63,
  • 2014, Cameras amongst Us: Why Do People Take Photos? Lehmuskallio A. In: Lehmuskallio, Asko and Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (eds.). 2014. #snapshot. Cameras Amongst Us. Helsinki: The Finnish Museum of Photography, p. 7–10.
  • 2014, Photographs That Feel Good! On Digital Photography and Modeling Techniques, Lehmuskallio A. In: Lehmuskallio, Asko and Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (eds.). 2014. #snapshot. Cameras Amongst Us. Helsinki: The Finnish Museum of Photography, p. 41–44.
  • 2013, Banning Public Nudity: Images of Bodies as Sites of Contested Moral Values, Lehmuskallio, A. JOMEC Journal. Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies 4(2013): 1-20.
  • 2013, Näkökulmia valokuviin taiteilijoilta, kuraattoreilta ja tutkijoilta, Kulttuurintutkimus 29(2012): 4.
  • 2011, Katson sinua verkottuneen kameran välityksellä, Lehmuskallio, A. Tiede & edistys, 2 (mediateoria), p. 97-108.
  • 2011, We’re in It Together: Interpersonal Management of Disclosure in Social Network Services, Lampinen A, Lehtinen V, Lehmuskallio A and Tamminen S. CHI ’11 Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference on Human factors in computing systems, Vancouver, BC, ACM Press, p. 3217-3226.
  • 2011, Immersive settings as specific agent/patient relationships, Lehmuskallio A. In: Menrath, Kiwi and Schwinghammer, Alexander (eds). What Does a Chameleon Look Like? Topographies of Immersion. Köln: Herbert von Halem Verlag, p. 305-322.
  • 2011, Yksityisyyden haasteet sosiaalisessa mediassa, Tamminen S, Lehmuskallio A and Johnson M. In: Silmät auki! Sosiaaliseen mediaan. Toimittanut Terhi Aaltonen-Ogbeide. Helsinki: Parliament of Finland, Committee for the Future. Publication 4/2011. 232-250. (Challenges for Privacy on Social Media/ Parliament of Finland, Committee for the Future)
  • 2010, PRIMA - Privacy Research through the Perspective of a Multidisciplinary Mash up, Bylund M, Johnson M, Lehmuskallio A, Seipel P and Tamminen S. In: Vem reglerar informationssamhället? Nordisk årsbok i rättsinformatik 2006-2008 (Who regulates the information society? The Nordic Yearbook of Law and Informatics 2006-2008). Nordisk årsbok i rättsinformatik (2006). Jure, Stockholm p. 139-160.
  • 2010, Information technologies and transitions in the lives of 55-65 year olds: the case of colliding life interests, Salovaara A, Lehmuskallio A, Hedman L, Löppönen P and Näsänen J. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 68 (11), 803-821.
  • 2009, “A photo is not an extension of me, it’s plain surface.” – Views of users of a Web 2.0 photo-sharing site on photos and privacy, Lehmuskallio A. SPIEL: Siegener Periodicum zur Internationalen Empirischen Literaturwissenschaft, Phenomena of Web 2.0 as agents of cultural change, 26 (2007), 2, 271-289.
  • 2009, Mobile media in the social fabric of a kindergarten, Näsänen J, Oulasvirta A, and Lehmuskallio A. CHI ‘09. Proceedings of the 2009 annual conference on Human factors in computing systems. Boston, MA, ACM Press, p. 2167-2176.
  • 2009, Traveling through ‘Damascus’. How do Images tell Us what to do?, Lehmuskallio A. In: Mersmann, Birgit and Schneider, Alexandra (eds). Transmission Image: Visual Translation and Cultural Agency. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 200-223.
  • 2009, Social Media und fotografische Praktiken. Eine Analyse der Auswirkung neuer Kommunikationstechnologien auf Schnappschussgewohnheiten, Lehmuskallio A. In: Müller, Daniel; Ligensa, Annemone and Gendolla, Peter (eds). Leitmedien. Konzepte – Relevanz – Geschichte. Bielefeld: Transcript, p. 267-283.
  • 2008, Städtische Räume als Bildflächen. Anmerkungen zu visuellen Strategien der Überzeugung und des Widerstandes, Lehmuskallio A. In: Hinterwaldner, Inge; Juwig, Carsten; Klemm, Tanja and Meyer, Roland (eds). Topologien der Bilder. München: Fink, p. 131-146.
  • 2008, Culture jamming: mainonnan kieli ja konfliktin mahdollisuus, Lehmuskallio A. In: Ojajärvi, Jussi and Steinby, Liisa (eds). Minä ja markkinavoimat. Yksilö, kulttuuri ja yhteiskunta uusliberalismin valtakaudella. Helsinki: Avain, p. 259-295.
  • 2008, Culture and Mass-Mediated Pictures: A Processual View, Lehmuskallio A. Kunst und Politik. 10: (Schwerpunkt: Bildwissenschaft und Visual Culture Studies in der Diskussion), p. 73-86.
  • 2008, Snapshot Video. Everyday Photographers Taking Short Video-Clips, Lehmuskallio Asko and Sarvas Risto. NordiCHI ’08: Proceedings of the 5th Nordic conference on Human-computer interaction: using bridges. New York: ACM Press, p. 257-265.
  • 2007, Visuelle Brüche? Anmerkungen zu kulturellem Widerstand mit werbeähnlichen Methoden, Lehmuskallio A. Kunst und Politik. 9: (Schwerpunkt: Politische Kunst heute), p. 139-158.
  • 2007, Zum Aushorchen der Simulationen, Lehmuskallio A. Munitionsfabrik 17, p. 41-43.
  • 2007, Constructing Perceptual Shifts: Notes on Culture Jamming as a Political Tool, Lehmuskallio A. In: Sumiala-Seppänen, Johanna and Stocchetti, Matteo (eds). Images and Communities. The Visual Construction of the Social. Helsinki: Gaudeamus - Helsinki University Press, p. 199-228.
  • 2007, Whose “FEST”: Symbols of Statehood, Rituals of Resistance?, Czyżewska A, Fichtner S, Kreczmar N, Lehmuskallio A and Sokołowski Ł. In: Patzer, Helena; Thiemann, André; Kosmatopoulos, Nico and Kresti, Georgia (eds). Symbols and Rituals of Statehood and Resistance. Warsaw: Warsaw University Printing House, p. 79-88.
  • 2007, Ermächtigender Exhibitionismus und die bildliche Dokumentation des Arbeitsalltags, Lehmuskallio A. In: Reader zur internationalen Forschungskonferenz FAME I HOCH 4 - Interaktivität / Information / Interface / Immersion. Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, p. 77-81.