MINKKINEN, Arno Rafael
Arno Rafael Minkkinen (Helsinki, 1945) is a Finnish-American photographer well-known for his evocative black-and-white images, usually set in uncontaminated landscapes and natural expanses as a constant reminder to his Nord-European origins. As a matter of fact his production has arisen from the enchantment and natural beauties of Finland, his motherland.
In 1971 his photography became autobiographical and, since then, his own body is the main character of his most famous self-portraits. "What you see happening in the frame of my image happened inside the viewfinder of my camera," he says. His profile, together with his body features, modifies itself from an image to another, to follow the lines and shapes of a tree, a trunk, a mountain or any other natural element.