Icons of Photography
Friday, November 18th, 7pm – An Evening with Henry Horenstein
The Icons of Photography No.12 lecture series brings Henry Horenstein to Austin held in the Blanton Museum of Art Auditorium on the UT campus.
One of the major educators of the past decades, Henry Horenstein came to photography through the study of history and the humanities. He is one of the most important students of such monumental photographers as Minor White, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Arthur Siegel, graduating with an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1973.
His works began in the documentary traditions, grounded in his passion for history and story-telling, but quickly evolved into a much more complex and eloquent style. Horenstein has characterized this emerging approach as “experimental”. engaging often abstract and even metaphysical imagery within the documentary tradition but still in a style that is virtually his own.
Paralleling his artistic evolution has come Horenstein’s commitment to giving much back to the art. He has authored over 30 books, many on his own art but also several primers and teaching manuals which became important basic textbooks in many colleges and universities throughout the past four decades. He also established an independent publishing enterprise, Pond Press, for both his own artistic work as well as that of other important photographers like David Graham and Neal Rintoul.
He has continued the traditions of his mentors by returning to teach for over thirty years now at his alma mater, RISD, where he has developed photography programs which have turned out thousands of graduates. He encourages all students and viewers alike to pause and look closely at the world around them, so that in the process of re-examining that world they will also come to re-examine themselves. He has often joyfully quoted the dictum of his early master, Harry Callahan: “Shoot what you love. Even if you make bad pictures you will have a good time.”
More about Henry on his web site.
- Date: Friday, November 18th
- Time: 7pm
- Where: Blanton Museum Auditorium | University of Texas | Austin, Texas
- ACP Members FREE
- $20 general admission in advance | $25 at the door
- $10 student/senior/military in advance | $15 at the door