Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Self-portrait, Dead Horse Point, Utah, 1997, 20″ x 24″

I first became acquainted with Arno Rafael Minkkinen, an internationally known Finnish-American photographer through Art Daily some months ago. His works affected me deeply, and I bookmarked it for a future blog post. Now, many months later, I happened on it again, so now it’s time to share my admiration for his work.

Minkkinen was born in Finland, moved to the US as a child and now lives in Massachusetts. Since 1988, he has been a Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He has had numerous exhibitions around the world. Recently he was the subject of a mid-career retrospective at DeCordova Museum.

Saga: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Photographs 1970-2005 is a 120-print traveling exhibition accompanied by a new large publication.

Since the early 1970s, Minkkinen has been photographing his unclothed body in a wide variety of landscape and interior settings, from Finland to New England, from the American West to sites in Italy and France. These unmanipulated surreal and timeless black and white photographs are astonishing in the way Minkkinen maneuvers his body so that it echoes or seems to become part of the land formation. As A.D. Coleman, one of the curators of the exhibition writes, Minkkinen’s “…images comprise an account of an epic journey–both a physical adventure in the natural and urban world and a psychological voyage of the lone human spirit.”

I hope you enjoy browsing through Arno Rafael Minkkinen’s site as much as I do!

March 31, 2006 in Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Other artists, Photography by Marja-Leena