Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Arno Rafael Minkkinen (born Helsinki, 1945) is a Finnish photographer who lives in the United States.

Published and exhibited worldwide, Minkkinen’s work can be found in the collections of this Museum of Modern Art at New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, that the Addison Gallery of American Art at Andover, Massachusetts, the Centre Pompidou and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris France, the Musée de l’Élysée at Lausanne Switzerland, the Center for Creative Photography in Arizona, the Finnish Museum of Photography, and also the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography among others.

Seven solo monographs on his work have been released: Frostbite (1978), Waterline (1994, winner of the 25th Rencontres d’Arles Book Prize), Body Land (1999), SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, 35 Decades of Pictures (2005), Homework: The funniest Pictures (2008), Swimming at the Air (2009), and Balanced Equation (2010). The retrospective survey SAGA proved in the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA, in 2005. The 120-print retrospective toured to Romania, Slovakia, Finland, Italy, China, and Canada.

Minkkinen was made a Knight of the Order of the Lion of Finland of the first course by the Finnish authorities in 1992, also awarded the Finnish State Art Prize in Photography in 2006.

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