Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Arno Rafael Minkkinen

//What Happens Inside your Mind can Happen Inside a Camera//

Arno Rafael Minkkinen [1945] was born Helsinki, Finland, and he moved with his family to the US in 1951. He began taking self-portraits in 1971 while working as an advertising copywriter on Madison Avenue in New York. Over the past four decades, Minkkinen has been engaged as a professor, curator and writer while continuing to devote his photographic research and energies to the self-portrait: un manipulated images of the human figure in the natural and urban landscape.

His photographs capture the beauty of being a part of something bigger and more permanent than ourselves. In a sense, they even hold a sense of voyeurism, manifesting an idea that collaborates between the internal mind and the external reality.

Published and exhibited worldwide, Minkkinen’s work can be found in collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou and The Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, Kiasma in Finland, The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Moderna Museet in Stockholm, among many others.

Seven solo monographs of his work have been published: Frostbite [1978], Waterline [1994 – winner of the 25th Rencontres d’Arles Book Prize], Body Land [1997], SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, 35 years of Photographs [2005], Homework: The Finnish Photographs [2008], Swimming in the Air [2009] and Balanced Equation [2010].

Minkkinen was conferred the First Class Order of the Lion of Finland Medal of Knighthood in 1992, and awarded the Finnish State Art Prize in Photography in 2006. Mr. Minkkinen received the Lucie Award for Achievement in Fine Art in October 2013.

PUG OSLO has had the opportunity to present Minkkinen in Oslo at Blomqvist. The group exhibition, //Cowen//Minkkinen//Yamamoto/ was a beautiful presentation of divers and challenging artists. Arno Minkkinen will also be presented at PhotoMarket, where he will hold artist talks.  

The photographs below were presented at Blomqvist in December 2014, other motifs are also available on request. Please contact us for further information on prices and availability.