Arno Rafael Minkkinen is a Finnish-American photographer, essayist, curator and professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Lowell as well as docent at Aalto University, School of Art, Design, and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland.
Major monographs include Waterline (Marval, Aperture, and Otava, 1994); SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen: Thirty-Five Years of Photographs (Chronicle, 2005), and Homework: The Finnish Photographs (Like, Ltd, Helsinki, 2008).
Collections include the Musée d’art moderne and the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Musée de l’Élysée in Lausanne, the Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma in Helsinki, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.
Recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Minkkinen was awarded the Order of the Lion First Class Medal from the Finnish Government in 1993, the 25th Rencontres d’Arles Book Prize for Waterline in 1994, the 2006 Finnish State Art Prize in Photography, the 2013 Lucie Award for Achievement in Fine Art, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2015. On December 6th, 2017, the 100th Anniversary of Finnish Independence, Minkkinen received the Pro Finlandia Medal, the highest cultural honour bestowed by Finland in literature, dance, music, and the arts.
This past spring he served as Master Class teacher to a dozen students from four university photo programs for the Ray 18 Festival in Frankfurt, Germany where he was also an exhibiting artist. A major monograph representing 50 years of continuous work will be published by Kehrer Verlag in Heidelberg, Germany, to be launched in 2019.