Elina Brotherus studied natural science and took an MA in chemistry. She began photographing in 1995 and then took an MA in photography from Konstindustriella Högskolan, Helsinki in 2000. In 1999 Brotherus moved to Paris where she lives and works today.
Brotherus has received numerous awards, including the Carnegie Art Award scholarship. In recent years she has attained great international recognition. She has participated in a large number of solo and group exhibitions all over the world, including Galerie Anhava in Helsinki, Atheneum Museum of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Galleri 18 in Reykjavik, Kunsthalle Wien (2000), Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki (2001, 2006), Reykjavik Art Museum, Kunsternes Hus in Oslo, Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand in Copenhagen, Victoria Miro Warehouse in London, Photographers’ Gallery in London (2002), The Istanbul Biennial, Centre National de la Photographie in Paris, Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg, Charlottenborg Udstillingsbygning in Copenhagen (2003), Photography Gallery Hippolyte in Helsinki, Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen (2004), Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, White Box in New York (2005), The Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki (2005), Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-saône (2006), Oldenburg Kunstverein (2007), The National Art Center in Tokyo, The Wapping Project in London and YKY Gallery in Istanbul (2008).