The Photographers Series

Henry Horenstein

In this edition, we focus on Henry Horenstein, the highly regarded photographer, author, and educator who was on the path to becoming a traditional historian before he discovered photography in the early 1970's. The documentary follows Horenstein around the world as he continues his quest to preserve vanishing cultures and groups through photographs. Renowned curators and colleagues, including celebrated photographer Nan Goldin discuss Horenstein's influence and talent that set him apart. In a comprehensive Photo Commentary, he reveals the back story to many of his admired photographs.

Henry’s passion for history and skill with a camera has produced a truly important body of work
— David Graham, University of the Arts

Main Documentary: 55 minutes
Photography Commentary: 49 minutes
Bonus Feature:  
Advice for Photographers with Brian Clamp: 15 minutes
Color • NTSC • Stereo • English • All Regions

Henry Horenstein creates portraits of distinct American subcultures with reverence and an artistic style. He wrote the two most widely used textbooks in photography, the bestselling "Black & White Photography" and "Beyond Basic Photography". Horenstein is a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design where he received his MFA. His photography can be found in many public and private collections including the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the High Museum of Art Atlanta.