Portrait with a friend 2010

Portrait with a friend 2010


Kaupo Kikkas (b. 1983) is an Estonian music and fine art photographer. He received formal training in photography at Finland’s Visual Arts Institute, but he attributes his award-winning classical music portraits to his education in that field (clarinet, sax, and voice).

He has concentrated on fine art photography for twelve years. Although based in Northern Europe, he frequently works in London, Berlin and in the US, as well annual projects in the Amazon rainforest.

His personal projects include a study of graveyards, a portrait series of shale miners, and images of a lost cinema in the Egyptian desert, which received wide exposure in the international media. 

He has photographed a number of book- and classical music album covers, and his work often appears in magazines. He was named best commercial portrait photographer at the WPPI Las Vegas 16x20 print competition in 2013, and was honored as the best Estonian portrait photographer in 2011 (Baltic's Photography Festival

When not working he can be found camping (and photographing) in Lapland. He occasionally still picks up a saxophone and, after a few drinks, has been known to sing.

Recent projects:
“100 years of solitude in Estonia” (premiers in 2018)
"Ansel" (premiers in 2017)
Treescape”
Miner”
“Statue project”
“La Bella Morte”