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The photographs in “The Loveliest Girl in the World” depict Finnish teenagers posing in Grimm’s fairy tale-like settings—autumnal forests, frozen waterfalls, snowy valleys, and isolated rock outcroppings. The images are collaborative art projects, conducted over a decade by photographer Miina Savolainen and 10 mistreated girls living in a Helsinki facility. Savolainen and her subjects chose their locations—most of them isolated and moodily stunning—and designed their elaborate dresses. The project consisted of 70,000 deeply personal, somewhat impenetrable frames, including a girl whose reclining position echoes a glacial surface, pictured, and a small figure standing under an icy blue sky. Savolainen has taught more than 3,000 professionals in Finland to use photography in social work, health care, and education—a good thing for subjects and viewers alike.
The exhibit is on view 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays to November 13 at the Embassy of Finland, 3301 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. (202) 298-5822.