Henry Horenstein's "Animalia" Comes to B. Hollyman Gallery in Austin, Texas

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B. Hollyman Gallery will be exhibiting acclaimed photographer, Henry Horenstein, and his series "Animalia", a collection of intimate and intriguing portraits of land and sea creatures made between 1995 and 2001.

Henry Horenstein: Animalia
November 19 – January 14, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 19, 6:00 to 8:00pm

“In some ways animals do resemble humans, no doubt. After all, they are our forebearers. Still, I believe animals are their very own creatures, with unique, often surprising and altogether amazing characteristics. And that's what I've tried to capture in these pictures.” –Henry Horenstein

In collaboration with Austin Center for Photography (ACP), B. Hollyman Gallery will be exhibiting Henry Horenstein’s series Animalia, a collection of intimate and intriguing portraits of land and sea creatures made between 1995 and 2001. These portraits are at once abstract and telling. Horenstein shoots with a balanced uniqueness, experimenting with view, angle, and perspective. Each photograph is different, yet with a similar underlying mood. Some captivate the viewer with a macro look at scales, texture and animal skin. Others unveil the deeper nuances of personality and mystery. Some are simply quiet and beautiful. Horenstein worked in zoos and aquariums, not underwater or in the wild. He says, “I could almost always find my subjects; they couldn't get too far away. The other advantage was that I could isolate and freeze them in a constrained space, almost as though they were models, posing for me in a studio.” Shot with black and white film, and printed in sepia duotones, these works are a reminder to stop and explore the world around us. The Animalia prints are Chromogenic prints on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. They will be signed by the artist and available for purchase at the gallery. This collection can also be found in Horenstein’s book, Animalia, published in 2009 by Pond Press of Brooklyn, NY. Books will also be available for purchase at the gallery.

Austin Center for Photography’s Icons of Photography No.12 lecture series brings Horenstein to Austin on Friday, November 18 at 7:00pm. He will speak at the Blanton Museum of Art Auditorium on the UT campus. To purchase tickets, go to http://www.visitacp.org/events B. Hollyman Gallery is pleased to host a coinciding exhibit, and bring Austin the opportunity to view Horenstein’s photographs in person.

Horenstein’s diverse photographic career includes documentary work of various American sub-cultures, portraiture, abstraction, and landscape. Originally set to accomplish a PhD in history and embark on an academic career, the documentary work of photography greats Robert Frank and Brassai guided him to the camera. Horenstein entered in the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and studied under Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, completing his MFA in 1973. He has authored over 30 books, many on his own art but also several photography textbooks and teaching manuals that have been used by many colleges and universities throughout the past four decades. Horenstein currently lives in Boston and is a professor of photography at RISD.

Horenstein speaks of the influence Callahan had on him; “Harry encouraged me to “shoot what you love,” and to pay no attention to what others are doing. “Even if you make bad pictures,” he said, “you’ll have a good time.” Thank you for that, Harry.”

1202-A West Sixth Street, Austin, Texas 78703 (Located adjacent to Wally Workman Gallery)
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-5, or by appointment.

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