I work from the premise that what we see, and how we see what we see, has a strong impact on how we relate to each other, our selves, and the various worlds we inhabit. I focus on visual studies, media anthropology and digital cultures, and actively publish, present, co-edit and co-organize work in these areas. I work currently in the New Social Research programme, focusing on 1) the mediality of the face, 2) digital visuality, and 3) values in the design of a digitally mediated sociality.

I’m actively involved in two Academy of Finland research projects, ’Digital Face’ (2016–2019), as well as ’Banal Surveillance’ (2018–2021).

Before taking up my current position in Tampere, I’ve had the luck to study and work at various universities in Germany, Finland, Spain and the US, including Philipps-Universität Marburg, Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Universität Siegen, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Aalto University and UC Berkeley. Additionally, I’ve completed a professional education short program at MIT Media Lab and co-curated a large exhibition at the Finnish Museum of Photography.

Current positions:
Associate Professor at University of Tampere.
Chair of ECREA TWG Visual Cultures.

Academic Degrees:
Title of Docent 2016, Visual Studies, University of Tampere
PhD 2012, Media Studies, University of Tampere
M.A. 2003, Cultural Anthropology, Philipps-Universität Marburg

Previous positions:
University of Siegen, DFG GRK Locating Media, 2015–16
UC Berkeley, School of Information (Visiting Scholar), 2012–13
Aalto University, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, 2006–13
Hfg Karlsruhe, DFG GRK Image-Body-Medium. An Anthropological Perspective, 2003-06
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Bellas Artes, 2000-01
Philipps-Universität Marburg, Cultural Anthropology, Religious Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, 1996–2003

Autumn 2018 talks include (selection):

1.11.2018 Dreams of ubiquitous camera use: Attachment suggestions in early Kodak advertisements. ECREA 2018Conference, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland.

10.10.2018 Conversations on Method and Digital Cultures. Digital Cultures Research Node Seminar, Lund University, Sweden.

7.10.2018 (w. Heikki Heikkilä & Matti Kortesoja) Banal surveillance. An introduction to a framework of study. Amsterdam Privacy Conference 2018, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

26.9.2018 Digital Faces in computational environments. Reflecting on the development of a mobile camera phone, and on uploading three selfies. Media in the Wild: Digital Practices in Motion. University of Siegen, Germany.

Recent publications include (selection):
If you don’t have access to my work, feel free to send me an e-mail to asko.lehmuskallio at and I am happy to share it (see also my profiles at Google Scholar and

2018. Photorealistic computer-generated images are difficult to distinguish from digital photographs: A case study with professional photographers and photo-editors. Visual Communication, First Published March 4, 2018, Authors: Lehmuskallio, Asko; Häkkinen, Jukka & Seppänen, Janne.

2017. Mobile Digital Practices. Situating People, Things, and Data. Digital Culture & Society 3, Issue 2 (2017), p. 5–18. Authors: Ramella Anna Lisa; Lehmuskallio Asko; Thielmann Tristan & Abend, Pablo.

2017. Special Issue: Mobile Digital Practices. Digital Culture & Society, Vol 3., Issue 2/2017. Editors: Ramella, Anna Lisa, Lehmuskallio, Asko, Thielmann, Tristan & Pablo Abend.

2017. Kuva-aktivismin visuaalista antropologiaa. 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, Author: Lehmuskallio, Asko.

2016. The camera as a sensor among many: The visualization of everyday digital photography as simulative, heuristic and layered pictures. 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, Author: Lehmuskallio, Asko.

2016. Why Material Visual Practices? In: Gómez Cruz, Edgar and Lehmuskallio, Asko (eds). Digital Photography and Everyday Life. Empirical Studies on material visual practices. New York/London: Routledge, p. 1–16, Authors: Lehmuskallio, Asko & Gómez Cruz, Edgar.

2016. Miten katsoa silmät kiinni? 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), Authors: Seppänen, Janne; Häkkinen, Jukka and Asko Lehmuskallio.

2015. Seeing with special requirements. Visual frictions during the everyday, Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, Vol 7, Issue 1 (2015), Author: Lehmuskallio, Asko.

2014. The Clash Between Privacy and Automation in Social Media, IEEE Pervasive Computing, January-March 2014, p. 56-63, Authors: Vihavainen, Sami; Lampinen, Airi; Oulasvirta, Antti; Silfverberg, Suvi & Lehmuskallio, Asko.

2013. Banning Public Nudity: Images of Bodies as Sites of Contested Moral Values, JOMEC Journal. Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (2013): 4, 1-20, Author: Lehmuskallio, Asko.

2012. Pictorial practices in a ”cam era.” Studying non-professional camera use. Tampere: Tampere University Press, Author: Lehmuskallio, Asko.

2011. Katson sinua verkottuneen kameran välityksellä. Tiede & edistys, 2 (mediateoria), p. 97-108,  (“I am looking at you via a networked camera”). Author: Lehmuskallio, Asko.