Henry Horenstein has been a professional photographer, filmmaker, teacher and author since the 1970s. He studied history at the University of Chicago and earned his BFA and MFA at RISD, where he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind.
Horenstein’s work is collected and exhibited internationally, and he has published more than 35 books, including monographs of his own work, such as Shoot What You Love, Histories, Show, Honky Tonk, Animalia, Humans, Racing Days and Close Relations, among many others. He also authored Black & White Photography, Digital Photography and Beyond Basic Photography, which are 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 as both a memoir and a personal history of photography over the past 50 years.
Horenstein’s newest book features photos he made as a graduate student at RISD in 1972. Called Speedway1972, it was published in 2022 by UK publisher Stanley/Barker.
In recent years, Horenstein has been making films: Preacher, Murray, Spoke, Partners and Blitto Underground. He is currently in production on Marksville, LA, a film about Cajun culture in central Louisiana.
He lives in Boston.