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Arno Rafael Minkkinen
Self-Portrait, Kilberg, Vardo, Norway
Gelatin silver print
33.3 x 25.7 cm (40.3 x 30.4 cm)
Bassenge Photography Auctions
19th – 21st Century Photography, 7 December 2022, Lot: 4257
Born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1945 Minkkinen emigrated to the United States with his family in 1951. He began taking self-portraits in 1971, while working as an advertising copywriter on Madison Avenue in New York. 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. 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. Published and exhibited worldwide, Minkkinen’s work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Lit.: Arno Rafel Minkkinen, Saga, The Journey of 35 Years of Photographs, San Francisco 2005.