Arno Rafael Minkkinen

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Arno Rafael Minkkinen (b. Helsinki, 1945[1]) is a Finnish photographer who works in the United States.


Arno Rafael Minkkinen is a Finnish-American photographer. Minkkinen was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1945 and emigrated to the United States in 1951.[2] A graduate of Wagner College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, he began taking self-portraits in 1971 while working as an advertising copywriter on Madison Avenue in New York.[3] Studying later with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at Rhode Island School of Design, he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in photography in 1974.[1] Over the past four decades, Minkkinen has been engaged as a teacher, curator, and writer while continuing to devote his photographic research and energies to the self-portrait: unmanipulated images of the human figure in the natural landscape.[4]


Published and exhibited worldwide, Minkkinen’s work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York,[5] the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,[6] the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts, the Centre Pompidou and Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris France, the Musée de l'Élysée in Lausanne Switzerland, the Center for Creative Photography in Arizona, the Finnish Museum of Photography, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography among many others.[5][7][8]

Seven solo monographs on his work have been published: Frostbite (1978), Waterline (1994, winner of the 25th Rencontres d’Arles Book Prize), Body Land (1999), SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, 35 Years of Photographs (2005), Homework: The Finnish Photographs (2008), Swimming in the Air (2009), and Balanced Equation (2010).[9] The retrospective survey SAGA premiered at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA, in 2005. The 120-print retrospective toured to Romania, Slovakia, Finland, Italy, China, and Canada.[10]

Teaching activities[edit]

Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Minkkinen also serves as Docent at Aalto University of Art & Design Helsinki. Earlier in his teaching career he served as Assistant Professor at M.I.T., Visiting Artist at Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts (Philadelphia)), the École d’Arts Appliqués in Vevey, Switzerland, and as graduate faculty at Maine Media College in Rockport, Maine.[11] Since joining UMass Lowell in 1987, Minkkinen has taken students to Europe, in particular, Finland and Russia (1988), and Czechoslovakia (1989). In 1996, in a collaborative UMass Lowell/Lahti Institute of Design (Lahti, Finland) exchange program called Spirit Level, thirty Finnish, American, and Swiss students toured through Finland, Russia, and Eastern Europe for three weeks with Minkkinen and photo department head at Lahti, Timo Laaksonen. Among the students at the time was Mark Eshbaugh who later became an adjunct professor at UMass Lowell. Seven years after the first Spirit Level, together with Timo Laaksonen and Mark Eshbaugh a professor at Umass Lowell at that time, Tuscany in Italy (2003) and Oaxaca, Mexico (2007) were added to the program. The first three workshops resulted in the publication of a book commemorating those first three experiences.[12] More recent Spirit Level workshops organized by Minkkinen include collaborations with Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland and the Foundation Studio Marangoni in Florence, Italy (2010) as well as the Bilder Nordic School of Photography in Oslo and the École Supérieure d’Arts & Medias de Caen/Cherbourg in France (2012) for an American Road Trip to the studio farmlands of American photographer Sally Mann.[13][14]

Minkkinen has taught workshops worldwide, particularly at the Maine Photographic Workshops (now Maine Media Workshops), Maine Media College (as part of the graduate faculty), the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Anderson Ranch in Colorado, Santa Fe Workshops in New Mexico, the Friends of Photography in Carmel, California, and in Europe at the Rencontres d’Arles in Arles, France, the Toscana Photographic Workshops in Tuscany, Italy, as well as workshop programs in Finland, Norway, Luxembourg, and China. Minkkinen is serving a second four-year term as national board member of the Society of Photographic Education (2008 to 2016).[15]

Recent work[edit]

Since 2009, Minkkinen has developed a growing interest in feature filmmaking and screenwriting. In 2010, he received a first round of support from the Finnish Film Foundation for a screenplay he had written and will be directing. To be shot in Finnish Karelia and Finntown, Brooklyn, the feature-length project signals the beginning of a new filmmaking career. The demo preview of The Rain House was screened at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in connection with the Dance Films Association’s 41st Dance on Camera Festival (2013).[16]

Minkkinen was conferred the First Class Order of the Lion of Finland Medal of knighthood by the Finnish government in 1992, and awarded the Finnish State Art Prize in Photography in 2006.[8]

Notable photographs[edit]

  • Self-portrait, Beach Pond, CT, 1974[17]
  • Self-portrait, Narragansett, RI, 1973[17]
  • Self-portrait, Helsinki, Finland, 1977[17]
  • Self-portrait, Kalavesi, Kuopio, Finland, 1991[17]
  • Self-portrait, With Maija-Kaarina, Sysma, Finland, 1992[17]


Minkkinen's solo exhibitions have included:

  • 2013 New York: A Dance of Light. Furman Gallery. Dance on Camera Festival, Lincoln Center.
  • 2012 Athens: Palindromes. Phototheatron/Athens House of Photography.
  • 2012 New York: Arno Rafael Minkkinen. Performing for the Camera. Barry Friedman Ltd., New York
  • 2011 Caen, France: Arno Rafael Minkkinen. Les Boréales de Normandy. Paris Metro. Finnish National Tourist Board.
  • 2011 Cortona, Italy: A Sentimental Journey. Cortona On the Move Festival.
  • 2011 Paris: Galerie Agathe Gaillard.
  • 2010 Shanghai: Finnish Pavilion. Shanghai World’s Fair.
  • 2009 Brussels: Valérie Bach Gallery.
  • 2009 Paris: Finnish Footprints: 70 / 08, The Finnish Institute.
  • 2009 Lahti, Finland: Lahti Art Museum. HOMEWORK: The Finnish Photographs, 1973 to 2008.
  • 2009 San Francisco: Cavallo Point, Golden Gate National Park at Fort Baker
  • 2009 Lincoln, Nebraska: Sheldon Art Museum (Evolving Eden: Three Photographic Perspectives with Edward Burtnysky + Hans Ejkelboom).
  • 2009 Winnipeg, Canada: Winnipeg Art Gallery. SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs.
  • 2008 Correggio / Reggio Emilia, Italy: Palazzo Principi.
  • 2008 SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs. Beijing, China: SEE+ Art Space Gallery.
  • 2008 SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs. Helsinki, Finland: Galerie Anhava.
  • 2008 HOMEWORK: Suomen Kuvat/The Finnish Photographs, 1973 to 2008.
  • 2007 New York: Barry Friedman Ltd. Four Decades of Self-Portraits.
  • 2007 Malmö, Sweden: Malmö Museet. Fotografi i Fokus Festival.
  • 2007 Salo, Finland: Salo Art Museum. SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs.
  • 2006 Lianzhou (Guangdong Province) China: 2nd Lianzhou International Photography Festival.
  • 2006 SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs. Bratislava, Slovakia: Palace of Art, Month of Photography.
  • 2006 SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs. Bucharest Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • 2006 SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs. Quimper, Brittany: Mai-Photographies. Galerie Saluden: Le Corps Du Photographe.
  • 2005 Lincoln, Massachusetts: DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park.SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs.
  • 2005 Boston: Selections from SAGA. Robert Klein Gallery.
  • 2005 New York: Tibor de Nagy Gallery. Vintage Photographs.
  • 2003 New York: Tibor de Nagy Gallery.
  • 2002 Boston: Robert Klein Gallery.
  • 2000 Tokyo, Japan: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Retrospective in the exhibition: The Body as an Expression of the Subconscious.
  • 1998 Paris: Mois de la Photo; Helsinki: Gallen Kallela Museum.
  • 1998 Ten Minutes Past Midnight. New York: Barry Friedman Ltd. High Noon.
  • 1996 Waterline. Charleroi, Belgium: Musée de la Photographie.
  • 1996 Waterline. Odense, Denmark: Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts Klædefabrik.
  • 1996 Waterline. Sundsvall, Sweden: Sundsvall Museet.
  • 1995 Caen, France: L’Artothèque de Caen and Musée de Normandie.
  • 1995 Lausanne, Switzerland: Musée de l'Élysée;
  • 1995 Pori, Finland: Pori Art Museum. Retrospective. Waterline.
  • 1995 New York: Houk Friedman Gallery.
  • 1994 London: Akehurst Gallery.
  • 1993 Toulouse: Galerie du Château d’Eau.
  • 1992 Prague: Prague House of Photography.
  • 1991 Nice: Museum of Modern Art. Retrospective: Finnice.
  • 1991 Barcelona: Centre d’Art Santa Monica. Primordial Image.
  • 1988 Paris: Galerie Viviane Esders. 15 Years in Front of My Camera.
  • 1986 Pori, Finland: Pori Art Museum. Mattomies.
  • 1984 Paris: Galerie Viviane Esders.
  • 1984 Reims, France: Maison de la Culture.
  • 1984 Helsinki: Photographic Museum of Finland.
  • 1983 Boston: Robert Klein Gallery. Father & Son.
  • 1979 Andover, Massachusetts: Addison Gallery of American Art. Frostbite.
  • 1976 Stockholm: Fotografiska Museet at Moderna Museet.
  • 1974 Helsinki, Finland: Photographic Museum of Finland.
  • 1973 Copenhagen: Gallery for Creative Photography. White Underpants.
  • 1972 Tucson, Arizona: Apeiron Traveling Exhibition. Spectrum Gallery.
  • 1972 New York: Soho Photo Gallery. Freemale.[11][18][19]

Monographs and Curated Anthologies:

  • 2010 Balanced Equation. Lodima Press Portfolio Series.[20]
  • 2010 Arno Rafael Minkkinen. See+ Art Space Gallery. Beijing, China. 30 postcards in book form.
  • 2008 Homework / Suomen Kuvat, The Finnish Photographs of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, 1973 to 2008. Like Publishing, Helsinki, 2008. ISBN 978-952-01-0108-4.
  • 2008 SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen. SEE+ Art Space Gallery, Beijing.
  • 2008 Swimming in the Air. Cavallo Point at Golden Gate National Park, San Francisco.
  • 2005 SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty Years of Photographs. Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2005. ISBN 978-0-8118-5146-6.
(essay by A. D. Coleman)
  • 1999 Body Land. (Motta, Milan, 1997; Nathan, Paris, 1988), Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1999. ISBN 978-1-56098-880-9.
  • 1998 Ten Minutes Past Midnight. Musta Taide, Helsinki, Finland.
  • 1994 The Waterline Portfolio. Aperture Foundation.
  • 1994 Waterline. Marval, Paris; Otava, Helsinki; Aperture, New York, 1993. ISBN 978-0-89381-648-3. Grand Prix du Livre, 25th Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival.
  • 1993 Elegant Intimacy. Retretti Art Center, Punkaharju, Finland. With J. H. Lartigue and Sally Mann. Also Harry Callahan, Emmet Gowin, Claude Batho, Yves Tremorin, Roman Vishniac, and Alfred Stieglitz.
  • 1981 New American Nudes: Recent Trends & Attitudes. Morgan & Morgan, Dobbs Ferry, NY. MIT Creative Photography Gallery.
  • 1978 Frostbite. Morgan & Morgan, Dobbs Ferry, New York. ISBN 978-0-87100-143-6.

He is co-editor and has images in:

  • Timo Laaksonen and Arno Rafael Minkkinen. In Spirit of the Masters. Keravan Taidomuseo 2000. ISBN 978-952-9642-23-6.

Web, Film & Television:

  • Film Society of Lincoln Center, Dance on Camera Festival, The Rain House Sneak Preview[21]
  • Demo at the Francesca Beale Theater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center, New York. February 3, 2013
  • Time Magazine. LightBox profile.[22]
  • Arno Rafael Minkkinen: 40 Years of Self-Portraits. DVD with Still Not There, 2010 interview, and 172- image slideshow produced and directed by Kimmo Koskela.[23]
  • Art Close Up: Photography & Reality. WGBH-TV Channel 2, Boston. Produced by Ben Mayer. 2004.[24]
  • EGG: The Art Show. PBS/ Channel 13, New York. 30-minute segment with Cindy Sherman, Bruce Gilden, Ernest Withers, and Arno Rafael Minkkinen: “Who Am I?” 2000.[24]
  • Art Close Up: Boston Photography: 1955–1985. WGBH-TV Channel 2 Boston: 7-minute segment on A.R. Minkkinen as part of DeCordova Museum exhibition, Boston Photographers: 1955–1985. Produced, directed by Marty Ostrow. 1999.[24]
  • Still Not There. Finnish Public Television, 1996: 52-minute documentary on the life and works of Arno Rafael Minkkinen. Directed by Kimmo Koskela. Finnish Emmy Award entry, 1996.[23]

Public Lecture Venues:

  • 2012 Phototheatron/Athens House of Photography, Athens, Greece.[25]
  • 2012 Nancy Donahue Endowed Professorship Lecture, UMass Lowell, Massachusetts.[25]
  • 2012 PhotoMeetings, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.[25]
  • 2012 Anderson Ranch, Snowmass at Aspen, Colorado.[25]
  • 2012 COOL, Cultural Office of Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts.[25]
  • 2012 Savannah College of Art & Design. Silver & Ink Keynote Speaker, Savannah, Georgia.[25]
  • 2012 Society for Photographic Education National Conference, Camera Shy: The Photographs of Margaret M. de Lange and Pekka Turunen. Intimacy & Voyeurism, San Francisco, California.[25]
  • 2012 Charles Dickens Seminar, O’Leary Library, UMass Lowell, Massachusetts.[25]
  • 2011 École Supérieure d’Arts & Medias de Caen/Cherbourg, France.[25]
  • 2011 Institut d’art Contemporain,(with curator, Robert Pujade). Lyon, France.[25]
  • 2011 Metropolitan Pavilion. George Eastman House Auction. Performance, Photography, and What Comes Next. Conversation with Vito Acconci, Arthur Tress, and Arno Minkkinen. New York, New York.[25]
  • 2011 International Summer School of Photography. Kuldiga, Latvia.[25]
  • 2011 Literary Café. Art Is Risk Made Visible. Finnish & American Embassy sponsored lecture. Riga, Latvia.[25]
  • 2011 Palm Springs Art Museum, Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs, California.[25]
  • 2011 Yuma Symposium, Yuma City Hall, Yuma, Arizona.[25]
  • 2010 Litterathurhuset / Bilder Nordic School of Photography, Oslo, Norway.[25]
  • 2010 Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.[25]
  • 2010 Newspace, Portland, Oregon.[25]
  • 2010 Dali City International Photography Festival, Dali City, China.[25]
  • 2010 Juminkekko Art Center, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Kuhmo, Finland.[25]
  • 2010 Frankfurt Summer Art Academy. Frankfurt, Germany.[25]
  • 2010 Studio Marangoni, Florence, Italy.[25]
  • 2009 Galleria dell’Accademia, Tribune of the David, Florence, Italy.[25]
  • 2009 Rencontres de la jeune photographie, Moulin du Roc, Niort, France.[25]
  • 2009 Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, New York.[25]
  • 2009 San Francisco Art Institute, w. Mark Klett, Wayne Levin, Camille Solyagua.[25]
  • 2009 Sheldon Art Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska.[25]
  • 2009 Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada.[25]
  • 2009 Finnish Institute, Paris, France.[25]
  • 2008 International Center of Photography, New York, New York.[25]
  • 2008 Richland College, Dallas, Texas.[25]
  • 2008 Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia, Italy.[25]
  • 2008 Savannah College of Art & Design, Atlanta, Georgia.[25]
  • 2008 Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts.[25]
  • 2007 Luova, Helsinki, Finland.[25]
  • 2007 Salo Art Museum, Salo, Finland.[25]
  • 2007 MIT, “The Artist in the World” Lecture Series, Cambridge, Massachusetts.[25]
  • 2006 Lianzhou International Photography Festival, (with A. D. Coleman), Lianzhou, China.[25]
  • 2006 Light Factory, Charlotte, North Carolina.[25]
  • 2006 Nordic Light Festival, Kristiansund, Norway.[25]
  • 2006 Photo Alliance, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California.[25]
  • 2006 Aperture Lecture Series, Parsons School of Design, New York, New York.[25]
  • 2005 Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Friends of Photography at DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts.[25]
  • 2005 DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Cronin Lecture. Lincoln, Massachusetts.[25]
  • 2005 Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts.[25]
  • 2005 Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts.[25]
  • 2005 Mount Holyoke College, Water Symposium. South Hadley, Massachusetts.[25]
  • 2005 Plymouth State University, Plymouth, New Hampshire.[25]
  • 2004 Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York.[25]
  • 2004 University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[25]
  • 2003 Society for Photographic Education National Conference, Finnish Photography. University of Texas Austin, Austin, Texas.[25]
  • 2003 Colorado College. Colorado Springs, Colorado.[25]
  • 2002 Arizona State University. Tempe, Arizona.[25]
  • 2002 Anderson Ranch. Aspen Snowmass, Colorado.[25]
  • 2001 New School for Social Research, New York, New York.[25]
  • 2001 Finlandia University, Hancock, Michigan.[25]
  • 2000 Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland, Oregon.[25]
  • 2000 Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Symposium: The Human Body as an Expression of the Subconscious, Tokyo, Japan.[25]
  • 1999 Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida.[25]
  • 1999 America Center, Prague, Czech Republic.[25]
  • 1999 Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France.[25]
  • 1999 Society for Photographic Education National Conference. Imagemaker. Writing + Photography, Tucson, Arizona.[25]
  • 1999 University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee.[25]
  • 1998 Santa Fe Workshops, 1998, 2000. Santa Fe, New Mexico.[25]
  • 1998 Lahti Institute of Design, Lahti, Finland.[25]
  • 1998 Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.[25]
  • 1998 University of Art & Design Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.[25]
  • 1998 University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska.[25]
  • 1995 Maine Photographic Workshops, 1995-2010. Rockport, Maine.[25]
  • 1995 Toscana Photographic Workshops, 1995-2010. Tuscany, Italy.[25]

Critical Writings, Essays and Fiction:

  • Minkkinen, Arno Rafael. “The Horsepower of Desire.” Surrounded by No One. Photographs by Margaret M. de Lange. Trolleybooks, London, 2011.[26]
  • Minkkinen, Arno Rafael. “The Morning of Childhood.” Faces. Photographs by William Ropp. La Maison européenne de la photographie, 2011.[26]
  • Minkkinen, Arno Rafael. “Faith in Happenstance.” American Faith. Photographs by Christopher Churchill. Nazraeli Press, Portland, 2011.[26]
  • Minkkinen, Arno Rafael. Balanced Equation. Lodima Press, Revere, Pennsylvania, 2010.[26]
  • Minkkinen, Arno Rafael, “Swimming and the Fine Art of Photography”. Agni Literary Magazine. Boston University. Spring 2004.[26]
  • Minkkinen, Arno Rafael, “First Frames First.” exposure, Society for Photographic Education. Vol. 35. Fall 2001.[26]
  • Minkkinen, Arno Rafael, “Treasures of the Moment: Thirty years of Polaroid Photography in Boston, Photography in Boston 1955–1985, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2000. Chapter text pp. 135–153.[26]
  • Minkkinen, Arno Rafael, “Take Out My Eyes,” In the Spirit of the Masters, Kerava Art Museum, Kerava, Finland, 2000. pp. 66–79.[26]
  • Minkkinen, Arno Rafael, “Baudelaire’s Brow, Reflections on the photographs of Karin Rosenthal. Karin Rosenthal, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, Massachusetts. 2000.[26]
  • Minkkinen, Arno Rafael, Waterline Marval (Paris), Aperture (New York), Otava (Helsinki), 1994.[26]
  • Minkkinen, Arno Rafael, “The Lens of Love,” Elegant Intimacy, Retretti Art Center, Punkaharju, Finland. 1993.[26]
  • Minkkinen, Arno Rafael, “From the Prow.” Finnice, Camera International. 1991.[26]
  • Minkkinen, Arno Rafael, New American Nudes: Recent Trends & Attitudes, Morgan & Morgan, Dobbs Ferry, New York. 1981.[26]
  • Minkkinen, Arno Rafael, Frostbite, Morgan & Morgan, Dobbs Ferry, New York. 1981.[26]


  • Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover Massachusetts
  • Albin O. Kuhn Gallery, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
  • Artothèque de Nice, France
  • Artothèque de Grenoble, France
  • Artothèque de Nantes, France
  • Artothèque de Caen, France
  • Bain & Company
  • Banque et Caisse d’Epargne du Luxembourg
  • BC Partners, London, United Kingdom
  • Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
  • Bibliothèque Henri Vincenot, Talant, France
  • Bibliothèque Municipale de Lyon, Lyon, France
  • The Celebrity Art Collection Solstice
  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
  • Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
  • Cherye R. and James F. Pierce Collection
  • Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire
  • DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, New Hampshire
  • The Carl Gustav Ehrnrooth Collection
  • The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
  • FRAC Champagne-Ardennes, France
  • FRAC Basse-Normandie, Caen, France
  • Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France
  • Fondation Vincent van Gogh, Arles, France
  • Fotografiska Museet at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Gallen-Kallela Museum, Espoo, Finland
  • George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
  • Glenbow Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • The Hallmark Collection
  • Heinon Tukku Oy, Turku, Finland
  • High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia
  • International Center of Photography, New York
  • Kerava Art Museum, Kerava, Finland
  • Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
  • Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland
  • The Lane Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • L’Imagerie, Lannion, France
  • Maison de la Culture, Reims, France
  • Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
  • Michael and Elizabeth Marcus
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Moos Collection, Cologne, Germany
  • Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art
  • Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium
  • Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
  • Musée des Beaux Arts, Chambéry, France
  • Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark
  • Museo Nazionale Alinari Della Fotografia, Florence, Italy
  • Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Massachusetts
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
  • Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Kansas
  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Palais des Congrès, Le Mans, France
  • Parvis de Tarbes, Tarbes, France
  • Paris Audiovisuel, Paris, France
  • Polaroid International Collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Porin Art Museum, Pori, Finland
  • Princeton University, Minor White Archives, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
  • Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Saastamoinen Foundation, Helsinki, Finland
  • Salovaara Collection
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
  • Sheldon Art Museum
  • Stéphane Janssen Collection
  • Photographic Museum of Finland, Helsinki, Finland
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
  • University of Ohio, Athens, Ohio
  • Viktor Barsokevitch Center, Kuopio, Finland
  • WestLicht Schauplatz Museum, Vienna, Austria
  • Wäinö Aaltosen Museo, Turku, Finland
  • Yale University Art Gallery

Awards, Grants, Prizes:

  • 2011 Nancy Donahue Professor of Art Award[14]
  • 2010 Finnish Film Foundation Grant for The Rain House Screenplay
  • 2008 Finnish Film Foundation grant for re-edit of Still Not There
  • 2006 Finnish State Art Prize in Photography
  • 2006 Lianzhou International Photo Festival Special Jury Prize for SAGA, Lianzhou, China.
  • 2006 Finnish Photographic Arts Council Book Grant
  • 1998 Still Not There. Silver Key, 6th International Art Film Festival. Geraldine Chaplin, juror. Bratislava, Slovak Republic.[27]
  • 1997 Still Not There. Prize of Honor. Art Film Triennial, Kalmar, Sweden.
  • 1996 Still Not There. Finland’s Emmy Award entry.
  • 1996 Scritture d’Acqua Prize (given in Literature, Art, & Science), Italy.
  • 1994 Grand Prix du Livre, 25th Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival.
  • 1992 Order of the Lion First Class., conferred by the Finnish government.
  • 1991 National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship.


  1. ^ a b The Photo Book (London: Phaidon, 1997; ISBN 978-0-7148-3634-8), p.317.
  2. ^ Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Frostbite (New York: Morgan & Morgan, 1978; ISBN 978-0-87100-143-6).
  3. ^ Baring All: the Self-Portraits of Arno Rafael Minkkinen | Interviews de photographes et séries photographiques
  4. ^ Naomi Rosenblum, The World History of Photography 3rd ed. (New York: Abbeville, 1997; ISBN 978-0-7892-0028-0), p.565.
  5. ^ a b c Arno Rafael Minkkinen Catalogue
  6. ^ Collections | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  7. ^ Suomen valokuvataiteen museo
  8. ^ a b Arts and Ideas, Spring 2012 ed., Umass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas, p. 12
  9. ^ Arno Rafael Minkkinen Catalogue
  10. ^ Saga: The Journey Of Arno Rafael Minkkinen
  11. ^ a b Caleb Daniloff, "Arno Minkkinen: Naked, Cold, and On Camera", BU Today, February 28, 2008.
  12. ^ Spirit Level (Westford, MA: RMR Press, 2008; ISBN 978-0-615-18229-2).
  13. ^ Special Report: Positive Role Models
  14. ^ a b Longtime Art Prof Brings Home His Vision
  15. ^ Society for Photographic Education
  16. ^ FSLC and Dance Films Association announce the 41st edition of DANCE ON CAMERA, Feb 1-5 | | Film Society of Lincoln Center
  17. ^ a b c d e Appears in Saga: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen.
  18. ^
  19. ^ Arno Rafael Minkkinen Catalogue
  20. ^ Balanced/Equation by Arno Rafael Minkkinen - Lodima Press Portolio Books
  21. ^ Dance on Camera 2013 | | Film Society of Lincoln Center
  22. ^ The Body Beautiful: Arno Rafael Minkkinen’s Self-Portraits - LightBox
  23. ^ a b still not there/creative documentary
  24. ^ a b c Arno Rafael Minkkinen
  25. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br Arno Rafael Minkkinen Catalogue
  26. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Arno Rafael Minkkinen Catalogue
  27. ^ Arno Rafael Minkkinen Catalogue

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