Beyond Gobbledigook

Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Self-Portrait, 1973. Photograph. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Posted in Photographs by Jessica on February 18, 2009

Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Self-Portrait, 1973. Photograph. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Minkkinen is known for his self-portrait black and white photographs in which he places his body next to landscapes or objects. This particular photo was taken in Narragansett, Rhode Island. He also went to RISD.

I saw this photo when I went to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston this past weekend. Its rawness struck me. It’s almost frightening to look at.

J

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  1. Michael said, on February 21, 2009 at 7:13 AM

    Yes, there is something ominous about the photograph. The straight lines leading into the odd form is unpleasant (haunting?). And the clouds hanging over everything with their heavy grey curves.


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