HENRY HORENSTEIN – Artist Talk and Book Signing

Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 6PM

Henry Horenstein renowned photographer, filmmaker, Boston/RISD professor, and author since the 1970s. Artist talk and book signing. His latest book We sort of People – a collaboration with journalist and writer Leslie Tucker and Speedway 1972 will be available for purchase and signing. More info and RSVP bellow.

6 pm Meet & Greet
6:30 pm Artist Talk
7:30 pm Book Signing

Harvey Milk Photo Center, 50 Scott St. SF
This free event is a partnership between the Center for Photographic ArtPhoto Alliance and Harvey Milk Photo Center.

‘Del Berdick, Thompson Speedway, Thompson, Connecticut, 1972” by Henry Horenstein

“From stock car racing to country music stars, this US photographer is one of the great documenters or Americana…”

– The Guardian (UK)

Henry Horenstein studied history at the University of Chicago and earned his BFA and MFA at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he studied with legends Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind.

Henry’s work is collected and exhibited internationally and he has published over 35 books, including several monographs of his own work such as Honky Tonk, Histories, Show, Animalia, Humans, Racing Days, Close Relations, and many others. He has also authored Black & White Photography, Digital Photography, and Beyond Basic Photography, used by hundreds of thousands of college, university, high-school, and art school students as their introduction to photography. His Shoot What You Love serves both as a memoir and a personal history of photography over the past 50 years. His latest monograph, Speedway1972 was  published by Stanley/Barker (UK) in 2022 and We Sort of People will be published fall 2023 by Kehrer Verlag (Ger).

In recent years, Henry has been making films: Preacher, Murray, Spoke, Partners, and Blitto Underground. He is currently in production on Marksville, LA, a film about Cajun Louisiana.

Henry is professor of photography at RISD and lives in Boston.

Over the years I’ve photographed many different types of subjects, even animals and the human form.

– Henry Horenstein

We sort of People‘ The last descendants of a little-known American clan of multiethnic origin

Journalist and Writer Leslie Tucker and photographer Henry Horenstein began working together in 1997, when she invited him to Maryland to shoot a mysterious multiethnic family, the little-known Wesort clan: »We sorts are different from you sorts.«


Speedway1972‘ While at grad school in the early 1970’s Henry Horenstein would attend Speedway races, in New England to see his brother in law compete. In front of his camera the drivers would fly around the track in beat-up cars customized for racing at break neck speeds in the hopes of small town glory.

Horenstein’s joyful images present us with a slice now, of what the world of motor racing looked like then, before racing became big business, as it slowly morphed into Nascar – the worlds fastest growing sport.

Available at HMPC Booksigning

Four day upcoming Workshop with Henry Horenstein starting Friday, October 6, 2023 at The Center for Photographic Arts in Carmel. More info