Saga
Arno Rafael Minkkinen

In 1970 the Finnish American photographer Arno Rafael Minkkinen began making images of himself and never stopped. During these decades he has steadily generated astonishing and memorable pictures exploring his body's interaction with the physical environment while pushing the boundaries of both portraiture and landscape photography. Saga: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen is the much anticipated, 35-year retrospective survey of his life's work. It takes as inspiration The Kalevala, the national epic of Minkkinen’s native Finland, organizing his images in narrative form and so allowing them at last to unfold the mythic adventure they describe. Essays by novelist Alan Lightman and critics A. D. Coleman and Arthur C. Danto explore the ramifications of Minkkinen's accomplishment, contextualizing his oeuvre from different perspectives. The result provides the deepest of insights into a major artistic endeavor. It is a work that possesses, according to Grace Glueck of the New York Times, "a wizardry that defies categorization."