Fosters Pond, 9.9.1999
A Man and His Dog, Ex-Convento de Santiago, Cuilapan de Guerrero, Mexico, 2007
Grand Canyon, 1995
Kilberg, Vardø, Norway, 1990
Leap Before You Look, Pachaug, Connecticut, 1974
Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, 1977
One Foot in Mexico, Catedral de Oaxaca, 2007
The Bird of Lianzhou, China, 2006
Triple Arch, Moab, Utah, 1999
Väisälänsaari, Finland, 1998
Oulujärvi Afternoon - Paltaniemi, Kajaani, Finland, 2009
Arno Rafael Minkkinen is a Finnish American photographer noted for his unmanipulated nude self-portraits in the landscape. Born in Helsinki in 1945, he moved with his family to America in 1951. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, he later attended Wagner College on Staten Island, majoring in English. After five years in the advertising business as a Madison Avenue copywriter, he discovered photography working on the Minolta camera account. “What happens inside your mind can happen inside a camera,” was the turning-point headline he wrote in 1970. A year later, studying with John Benson at the Apeiron Workshops in Millerton, New York, he began his self-portrait work.
He received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Currently he is Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He is also docent and visiting professor at the University of Art & Design Helsinki and École d’Art Appliqués in Vevey, Switzerland.