Ylijaasko has his own unique style of black and white photography. Through the use of negative he creates distinct pictures from the dirt and scratches of environment. Touch of Syrians shows their identity and rain drops give a feeling of weather on the pictures. The pictures are a window to the world where a viewer feels and see the reality of Syrian refugees exiles out of the city to find new home to settle.

Esa Ylijaasko (born 1989) is a young photographer originally from a small northern town of Keminmaa, Finland. He graduated from Jyväskylä College of Arts. He’s well known of his personal in-depth documentary work on the victims of the Syrian civil war.

Ylijaasko’s awarded  in the Magnum Photos Showcase in November 2012, Gomma Grant 2016, Carina Appel Award 2017, FotoFinlandia award 2018.

He’s works has been exhibited in Officine Fotografiche (Milan, Italy), Werkstattgalerie (Berlin, Germany), Galleria Uusi Kipinä (Lahti, Finland), Eigenleben der Galerie Neurotitan Schwarzenber (Berlin, Germany), Ratamo Galleria (Jyväskylä, Finland), Fotoleggendo Festival (Rome, Italy), VII exhibition in Paris during Mois de la Photo du Grand Paris, Gazebook Photo Book Festival (Sicily, Italy), Next Generation -Young Eyes of Photojournalism (Helsinki, Finland),FotoIstanbul Festival, International Short Film Festival ‘Tran.s.cend’ (Istanbul, Turkey).

His images can be found in publications like  The New York Times, VICE, Suomen Kuvalehti, Huvudstadbladed and Helsingin Sanomat.

He was in VII mentor program.


Currently based in Finland.