There’s a movie inside every photograph. You just have to give it more than a passing glance.

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Seabrook, New Hampshire, 1978 © Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Every moment has a past, present, and future. With photography we only get the present. Or can we have it all? Will the little girl ever catch up with her friends? It seems they are related, but are they even friends? Does she need help or is she holding her hand out to someone else? Looking at photographs long enough enables all sorts of possibilities. In this workshop, we will be creating storylines housed inside single pictures with the aim of building a consistent way of seeing. Will you be focusing on details to tell universal truths? Will you be creating dramatic tension by excluding vital information? Or finding Edward Hopper loners at the end of long empty bars? When there’s a story to tell, a single photograph can dim the lights and part the classic red velvet curtains just like that. Join us and let them open to your way of seeing the world through Photography as Cinema. No popcorn. Just a lot of astonishing stories and awesome reviews.

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Instructor: Arno Rafael Minkkinen

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 in Helsinki, Finland.

Major monographs include Waterline (Marval, Aperture, and Otava, 1994), winner of the  Arles book prize in 1994; SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen: Thirty-Five  Years of Photographs (Chronicle, 2005); Homework: The Finnish Photographs (Like, Ltd,  Helsinki, 2008); and Minkkinen (Kehrer, 2019), winner of the German Photo Book Prize in  Gold for 2020.

Collections include the Musée d’art moderne and the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris,  the Musée de l’Élysée in Lausanne, the Musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon Sur Saône, the National Gallery of Finland, the National Gallery of Art in Ottawa, 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, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, among many others.

Minkkinen continues his passion for teaching workshops, writing, and extending what is one of the longest running, non-stop, self-portrait bodies of work in the history of photography. A screenplay is in the works with a Finnish producer, a project that got its wings from two Wayne Beach workshops at Maine Media.