Arno Rafael Minkkinen
The Roots of the River I, 2008
Platinum print, 5 x 14″ on 11 x 17″ paper
Edition of 50 (unnumbered), signed by the artist
This edition was produced by renowned platinum printer Sal Lopes, and is printed on 100% rag paper.
Featuring himself as the main actor on the vast stage of nature, Minkkinen’s photographs bend, twist, and immerse the body back into its primal settings. His masterful use of line, texture, and composition create isolated moments that reestablish a harmonious relationship between mankind and the ground, water, and flora that feed and nurture its corporality and spirit. In images such as Paper, Scissor, Rock, Minkkinen and the exact locations of the exposures remain anonymous, making possible a global expression of humanity’s eternal place in the organic order.
Arno Rafael Minkkinen was born in Helsinki, Finland. He recieved BA in English from Wagner College, and an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. His images have been exhibited worldwide. His exhibition SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen: Thirty-five Years of Photographs is currently on tour through Europe, Canada, and the United States. He has won many international awards, and his work is included in over fifty permanent collections, including the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris, France; the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in Boston, MA; Musee de l’Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland; and Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, MA, among many others.