Mikko Itälahti is an experiential geography and landscape researcher, using photographic documentation and interpreatation as his key research method. 

Itälahti works on the border zone between art and research (especially human geography and environmental aesthetics), and often his works may not be neatly categorized in either camp. He received his M.Sc. in cultural geography from the University of Helsinki, 2012, and is currently a doctoral researcher at the Photography degree programme of the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland. His research project is now third year underway, made possible by a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Mikko also works as a photographer-artist in various landscape-related projects. He is a member of the Mustarinda association, supporting art- research -interactions in favor of cultural and ecological diversity. He also makes music and writes songs inspired by real and imagined landscapes. Currently he is also a board member of the Örö residency programme, and a book review editor of the journal Terra published by the Geographical Society of Finland.