Henry Horenstein

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Henry Horenstein
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Henry Horenstein at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Born1947 (age 75–76)

Henry Horenstein (born 1947) is an American artist/photographer and educator.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8] He is the author of over 35 books, including a series of instructional textbooks.

Life and work[edit]

He studied history at the University of Chicago and earned his BFA and MFA at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he is now professor of photography. He has worked as a professional photographer, teacher, and author since the early 1970s.

Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music (2003) is a documentary survey of country music during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Honky Tonk has also been presented as an exhibition at many public and private museums and galleries, notably the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in 2006, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in 2005, and The Annenberg Space for Photography in 2014.

In recent years, Horenstein has been working on short documentary films. His films include Murray (2010), with William A. Anderson and Hillary Spera; Spoke (2014), a celebration of the Austin, Texas, dance hall, the Broken Spoke, which was funded by The Annenberg Space for Photography and screened at the Austin Film Festival; Partners (2018), which premiered in May 2018 at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts; and Blitto Underground (2021), about bohemian Buenos Aires, which premiered at the International Film Festival in Buenos Aires, the Paris Independent Film Festival, and the Berlin International Art Film Festival.

Speedway72, his photographs shot at the Thompson Speedway 50 years ago, was published by Stanley/Barker in 2022.[9]

Horenstein lives in Boston.


  • Black and White Photography: A Basic Manual, Little, Brown, 1974, 1983, 2005
  • Beyond Basic Photography: A Technical Manual, Little, Brown, 1977
  • The Photographer's Source: A Complete Catalog, Simon & Schuster, 1989
  • Baseball Days: From the Sandlots To The Show, text by Bill Littlefield, Bulfinch/Little, Brown, 1993
  • Color Photography: A Working Manual, Little, Brown, 1995
  • Racing Days, text by Brendan Boyd, Viking, 1987; (paperback edition) Owl/Henry Holt, 1995; Pond, 1999
  • Branson, MO: Las Vegas of the Ozarks, Artisan/Workman, 1998
  • Creatures, Pond/Consortium, 1999; (paperback edition) Stewart, Tabori, Chang, 2000
  • Canine, Pond/Consortium, 2000
  • Digital Photography: A Basic Manual, Little Brown, 2001
  • Photography, co-author Russell Hart, Prentice-Hall/Pearson, 2001, 2004
  • Aquatics, Stewart, Tabori, Chang, 2001
  • Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music, Chronicle, 2003
  • Humans, Kehrer, 2004
  • Close Relations, powerhouse, 2007
  • Animalia, Pond, 2008
  • SHOW, Pond, 2010
  • Digital Photography: A Basic Manual, Little, Brown, 2011
  • Histories, Honky Tonk, 2016
  • Shoot What You Love, Monacelli, 2016
  • Make Better Pictures, Little, Brown, 2018
  • Henry Horenstein: Selected Works, List Gallery, Swarthmore College, 2019
  • Speedway72, Stanley/Barker, 2022. ISBN 978-1-913288-47-1.[10]


  • Preacher (1998)
  • Murray (2007) – with William A. Anderson and Hillary Spera
  • Spoke (2014)
  • Partners (2018)
  • Blitto Underground (2021)


Horenstein's work is held in the following permanent collections:


  1. ^ http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2014/05/23/photos_of_country_music_icons_at_the_annenberg_space_for_photography_in.html/ "Sixty Years of Country Music's Greatest Icons"], Slate Magazine
  2. ^ http://www.newyorker.com/goings-on-about-town/art/henry-horenstein/ "Goings On About Town"], The New Yorker
  3. ^ http://www.wallpaper.com/gallery/art/inspiring-photography-from-the-wallpaper-picture-desk-2016#155613/ "Plaid Pants and All"], Wallpaper*
  4. ^ https://www.wsj.com/articles/1970s-stories-and-celebrities-sans-smiles-1461967730/ "1970s Stories and Celebrities Sans Smiles"], The Wall Street Journal
  5. ^ https://www.vice.com/read/henry-horenstein-shoot-what-you-love/ "Find Out What You Love and Photograph It"], VICE
  6. ^ https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/theater-art/2014/08/21/photographs-that-demonstrate-love-country/GfHKzcSmx61buSlDAlMVRM/story.html/ "Horenstein's Images Celebrate a Love of Country"], The Boston Globe
  7. ^ https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ct0MRptfsbT_byWNg9B6nAiiCjwxmw1F/view?usp=sharing "Show"], The New York Photo Review
  8. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/2006/03/31/theyre-keeping-it-real-country/67b4d8b7-1f14-4ea1-9e66-fc3e014200c4/ "They're Keeping it Real Country"], The Washington Post
  9. ^ "'You had to be quick!': Henry Horenstein on his breathtaking Speedway pics". The Guardian. 17 August 2022. Retrieved 2022-10-27.
  10. ^ Whitfield, Zoe. "These nostalgic photos capture speedway races in the 70s". i-d.vice.com. Retrieved 2022-10-27.
  11. ^ "Henry Horenstein (The J. Paul Getty Museum Collection)". The J. Paul Getty Museum Collection. Retrieved 2022-10-27.
  12. ^ "Henry Horenstein - People - The MFAH Collections". emuseum.mfah.org. Retrieved 2022-10-27.
  13. ^ "SAMA Receives Gift of More than 850 Photographs: Pivotal Moments of the 20th Century - Press - San Antonio Museum of Art". www.samuseum.org. Retrieved 2022-10-27.
  14. ^ "Photographic History Collection: Henry Horenstein". National Museum of American History. Retrieved 2022-10-27.
  15. ^ "Henry Horenstein - Smithsonian American Art Museum". americanart.si.edu. Retrieved 2022-10-27.

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