Henry Horenstein

Henry Horenstein, Photographer, will give an Artist Talk on Friday, April 6 from 5-6 p.m. at the Whiskey Row Lofts Theater, 131 W. Main St. Free and open to the public.

Followed by opening reception, “Explorations” with Laurie Fader, Whiskey Row Lofts Gallery

Jerry Lee Lewis, Ramada Inn, Boston, Massachusetts, 1976

Henry Horenstein

Born in Massachusetts in 1947, Henry Horenstein was on a path to becoming a historian when he discovered photography. Captivated by the work of Robert Frank and Danny Lyon, Horenstein entered the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. After completing his MFA at RISD in 1973, Horenstein’s first major project was a documentary survey of the people and character of country music. As a long-time fan, Horenstein recognized that the culture of country music was changing, losing the homey, down-to-earth character of “hillbilly” music, and adopting the slicker nature of contemporary country music. His goal was to preserve a vanishing culture by capturing it in photographs, and for a decade he traveled throughout the United States documenting the artists and audiences at honk-tonk bars, outdoor festivals, and community dances. The body of work that Horenstein created (published in 2003 as Honky Tonk) is a remarkable portrait of a distinct period in American cultural history.

See more info. about Henry, including his Artist Statement on his website: http://henryhorenstein.com/

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