Henry Horenstein began documenting the country-music scene nearly fifty years ago. Having spent a lifetime around performers and fans, he has been granted access to the high-glamour back stage at the Grand Ole Opry in its heyday as well as the rough-and-tumble dive bars and family-friendly festivals. Made between 1972 and 1981, “Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music,” both the title of Horenstein’s series and book, includes portraits of country music legends, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings, and Mother Maybelle Carter, as well as photographs that record the culture of country music with its performers, honky tonks, and patrons. As Horenstein explains, “Honky Tonk documents the changing world of both country music and American culture through images of its stars and its fans and the places where they meet.”
About Henry Horenstein:
Henry Horenstein studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, where his professors included Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. A beloved professor of photography himself, Horenstein has been teaching at RISD for decades. He has published over thirty monographs of his work and is also well known for his instructional books on darkroom and digital photography, which are widely used by photography educators and students. Horenstein has shown his work in solo exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington DC, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, Photographic Resource Center in Boston, and the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona. He has work in permanent collections around the country. He just published a memoir: Shoot What You Love: Tips and Tales From A Working Photographer. Henry Horenstein lives in Boston and is represented by Carroll and Sons Art Gallery.
In conjunction with this exhibition, Henry Horenstein will be offering the following workshop:
Special thanks to Providence Center for Photographic Arts for their support of this exhibition.