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ClampArt
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Henry Horenstein is a photographer, teacher, author & film-maker. He studied history at the University of Chicago and earned his BFA & MFA at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he has been Professor of Photography since the 1970s. A student of photographers Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Minor White, Horenstein cites them in encouraging his compelling approach to composition and subject matter. Callahan advised Horenstein, ‘Photograph what you love. Even if you make bad pictures, you’ll at least have a good time.’ This approach served Horenstein well - infusing his diverse body of work with an energy of constant curiosity.
A self-described documentary photographer, Horenstein’s work largely concerns fringe, working-class and under-recognised communities. Focused on themes of heritage and storytelling, series such as Honky Tonk and Speedway 72 offer intimate, exciting glimpses into the 1970s. Horenstein also photographed extensively outside of America including El Malecón(2001), a series capturing the street life of the famed 8km coastal street of Havana, Cuba.
He goes a long way to build trust with his sitters, but in his series Animalia, (1995-2001), he was confronted with a ‘wilder’ subject, his images paying detailed attention to the unique strangeness found in the animal kingdom. Recounting difficulties encountered by wildlife photographers, Horenstein jokes: ‘So, I took the path of least resistance and shot only in zoos and aquariums. For a while I billed myself as The Jewish Wildlife Photographer. I never shot in a jungle or underwater. Only where there was a food court, bathrooms, and WiFi.’
His legendary work has been widely recognised, collected and exhibited internationally. The Smithsonian Institute lists him as one of the 10 defining figures in the history of photography alongside icons like Julia Margaret Cameron & Richard Avedon. He has published over 30 books, including 2 instructional texts used by 100’s of 1000’s of students.

Selected exhibitions
2019
Henry Horenstein: 2 Series - Animalia and El Malecón, CubaElliottHalls
2018
Tales from the 70's, photographs by Henry HorensteinScott Nichols Gallery
2016
Henry Horenstein | Histories: Tales from the 70sClampArt
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White-cheeked Spider Monkey (Ateles marginatus), ca. 1995-2001

Chromogenic print
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26 × 39 in
66 × 99.1 cm
Edition of 15
$4,000
24 × 20 in
61 × 50.8 cm
Edition of 35
$2,500
Location
New York City
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C
ClampArt
New York City
Medium

Henry Horenstein is a photographer, teacher, author & film-maker. He studied history at the University of Chicago and earned his BFA & MFA at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he has been Professor of Photography since the 1970s. A student of photographers Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Minor White, Horenstein cites them in encouraging his compelling approach to composition and subject matter. Callahan advised Horenstein, ‘Photograph what you love. Even if you make bad pictures, you’ll at least have a good time.’ This approach served Horenstein well - infusing his diverse body of work with an energy of constant curiosity.
A self-described documentary photographer, Horenstein’s work largely concerns fringe, working-class and under-recognised communities. Focused on themes of heritage and storytelling, series such as Honky Tonk and Speedway 72 offer intimate, exciting glimpses into the 1970s. Horenstein also photographed extensively outside of America including El Malecón(2001), a series capturing the street life of the famed 8km coastal street of Havana, Cuba.
He goes a long way to build trust with his sitters, but in his series Animalia, (1995-2001), he was confronted with a ‘wilder’ subject, his images paying detailed attention to the unique strangeness found in the animal kingdom. Recounting difficulties encountered by wildlife photographers, Horenstein jokes: ‘So, I took the path of least resistance and shot only in zoos and aquariums. For a while I billed myself as The Jewish Wildlife Photographer. I never shot in a jungle or underwater. Only where there was a food court, bathrooms, and WiFi.’
His legendary work has been widely recognised, collected and exhibited internationally. The Smithsonian Institute lists him as one of the 10 defining figures in the history of photography alongside icons like Julia Margaret Cameron & Richard Avedon. He has published over 30 books, including 2 instructional texts used by 100’s of 1000’s of students.

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