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MINKKINEN, Arno Rafael

2013-MINKKINEN-portraitBorn in 1945 in Finland. 

Lives and works in Massachussetts and Finland.


An American immigrant since 1951, Minkkinen studied with Harry Callahan at Rhode Island School of Design from 1972-74. Today Professor of Art at UMass Lowell and Docent at Helsinki’s Aalto University, Minkkinen continues his self-portraits: unmanipulated images of the human figure in natural and urban scenes. Published and exhibited worldwide, major collections such as the MoMA in New York, the Centre Pompidou and musée d’Art moderne in Paris, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography hold his work. Eight monographs include Waterline, the 1994 Rencontres d’Arles Book Prize. In 1992 Minkkinen received the First Class Order of the Lion Medal in Finland and was awarded the Finnish State Art Prize in Photography in 2006.


Arno Rafael Minkkinen presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 1983 and in 2013: Optic nerve at the Atelier de Mécanique.


Portrait of Arno Rafael Minkkinen : Chehalis Hegner.