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Arno Rafael Minkkinen

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Arno Rafael Minkkinen is a Finnish-American photographer. He was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1945 and emigrated to the United States in 1951. He is currently based in Andover, MA, United States. He is best known for his unmanipulated nude self-portraits in the landscape.

Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Minkkinen 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.

“There is no age to the picture when it is just the landscape and the body,” he has said.

Currently Minkkinen 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.


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