Jaakko Alatalo was born in the Midwestern part of Finland. He studied photography at Lahti Institute of design and he has been working as a free lance photographer and author for over thirty years. He has lived in Lapland since the 1978. Numerous newspapers, magazines and book publishers have used his photographs and texts. He has created some photo-poem books together with poet Vilho Vähäsarja. The most popular books have been "Jo kukkii tunturimaa" (The land of fells is already blooming), "Taas tunturiin lauluni vien" (I'll take my song to the fells) and "Herran käsivarrella" (On the arms of the Lord). Jaakko Alatalo has also written some manuscripts for movies, drama and opera.