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.
Over the past four decades, Arno Rafael Minkkinen has been engaged as a teacher, curator, and writer while continuing to devote his photographic energies exclusively to stunning self-portraits.
The inherent sense of freedom compels him to photograph himself in a variety of scenarios: sometimes curled up on a sandy beach, other times dangling off the edge of a cliff, always naked as the day he was born.
To express admiration for Ansel Adams (1902-1984) in art journals of avant-garde opinion has for many years been totally uncool. Even before the 1970s, younger landscape photographers, resentful of the gigantic shadow he cast, were less apt to emulate the tonal virtuosity of his black-and-white prints than to make pictures that mocked his Edenic views of the American West and stentorian visual rhetoric.
Just as expressions like “corridors of the mind” and “window to the soul” illustrate a link between architecture and our inner world, the artists featured in Lived Space explore our psychological and physical attachments to the places we build and inhabit. In their work, interior rooms function as receptacles of memory, emotion, and identity. Some artworks show the human body merging with the built environment, while others present imaginary structures that exist solely in the artist’s mind. Drawn from deCordova’s permanent collection, the exhibition includes work by Kahn/Selesnick, Sarah Malakoff, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Abelardo Morell, and Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz, among others. Shown together, their artwork addresses our impulse to adapt and relate to our architectural surroundings, as well as the ways in which these spaces shape and inspire us.
On View Apr 4, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018.
Bringing together more than 80 pictures taken by photographers from the 19th century to today, (un)expected families at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), explores the definition of the American family—from the families we’re born into to the ones we’ve chosen. The photographs in the exhibition, on view from December 9, 2017 through June 17, 2018, depict a wide range of relationships—multiple generations, romantic unions and alternative family structures—whether connected by DNA, shared life experiences, common interests or even a social media network. Drawn primarily from the MFA’s holdings, the exhibition includes photographs by celebrated artists such as Nan Goldin, Gordon Parks, Nicholas Nixon, Sally Mann, Diane Arbus, Tina Barney, Emmet Gowin and Bruce Davidson. Photograph: Andrea Shea/WBUR.
Each year on Finland's Independence Day, December 6, the President of the Republic of Finland grants awards to Finnish citizens in recognition of their outstanding civilian and military contributions. The acknowledgment best known to the public is the Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lions of Finland, the highest honor for distinguished artists. This December 6, which marks the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence, President Sauli Niinistö recognized Arno Rafael Minkkinen for his contributions to Finland through photographic achievement.
"Mind Over Matter: Photography of Arno Rafael Minkkinen" incorporates some of Minkkinen’s images from the 1970s and 1980s, contemporary and recent work, image murals, and, in a rare move for Minkkinen, selections of his color photography. The exhibition is on display at the museum, located at Daytona State College in Florida, from August 29 to October 29, following a retrospective at Centro Niemeyer, Avilés, Spain. A lecture and book signing by the artist took place on October 6.
Gallery owner and AIPAD member Edwynn Houk on the unique opportunities The Photography Show offers collectors and others in attendance at one of the world's most prestigious annual photography events.
Winning a Guggenheim Fellowship is a big deal.
Fellows, who are experts in fields ranging from biochemistry to photography, receive tens of thousands of dollars with no strings attached in order to continue making work.
Finnish photographer and 2015 Fellow Arno Rafael Minkkinen memorably described to TIME the moment he heard the news: “I raced up to the bedroom to kiss my wife Sandy. Then ran downstairs to text my son Dan. Then I called my assistant Rachel. Then lifted the velvety ear of our German Short-haired Pointer, Bravo (after Manuel Alvarez), and, as if rehearsing the lines of a Billy Collins poem, whispered the good news into his ear.”
This year, the Guggenheim Foundation recognized 12 photographers working in a wide range of styles, but TIME noticed a strong concentration of work in landscape photography genre. Here, we highlight some of the best.
Arno Rafael Minkkinen has been making amazing, mind-bending photographic self portraits for more than 40 years. Always black and white. Always film. Almost always nude and in nature, with only a small portion of his body exposed. His photographs often look physically impossible, yet each is real, made with one exposure in the camera, with no retouching.