Discover the photographer you envision yourself to be, with award-winning photographer Arno Rafael Minkkinen.

Oct 28, 2024 - Nov 1, 2024

Levels: Advanced, Master,
Workshop Fee: $1395
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 10

Building a body of work means making each picture different and yet keeping them the same. That doesn’t mean staying in place or being all over the place. “Same, but different” prepares you for the Helsinki bus station where all the buses leave the station along the same route but soon are on their own individual routes to totally different destinations. When they tell you that what you’re doing “has been done before”, just tell them “I’m staying on my bus, watch and see”. 

Join us on this masterclass workshop and let’s get you going the distance.

All images © Arno Rafael Minkkinen. Header image: Gravity Sleeps, Žirje on the Adriatic, Croatia, 2017.

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Instructor: Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Arno Rafael Minkkinen, a former Madison Avenue copywriter, has compiled to date one of the longest running, nonstop self-portrait bodies of work in the photographic history of the genre. The driving force behind the 55-year journey since 1969 has been to avoid repetition by keeping each picture, while always the same (self-portraits without an ounce of manipulation), always decidedly different. Guggenheim fellow, Lucie Award winner, and Pro Finlandia medalist, it’s Minkkinen’s teaching record that holds equal significance for him. SPE Honored Educator both regionally and nationally, that commitment includes positions at all levels starting with teaching assistant at RISD, assistant professor at MIT, visiting artist at Philadelphia College of Art, and currently Emeritus Professor at UMass Lowell and docent at Aalto University in Helsinki. Other teaching stints have included international higher education institutions in Norway, France, Switzerland, and Germany, not to mention countless workshops from Brazil to Tuscany to Beijing and from Alaska to Florida, Arizona to Maine. Solo exhibitions worldwide number well over 100, twice that with group shows. With eight monographs, and seven gallery representations worldwide—Brussels, Stockholm, Berlin, Paris, Torino, Beijing, Boston, and New York—Minkkinen is as seriously engaged now with filmmaking as he is with his photography. A feature length screenplay he has written is in development with the Inland Film Company in Helsinki, Finland.