Henry Horenstein: Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music
April 23rd - May 31st
Henry Horenstein, Jerry Lee Lewis,
Ramada Inn, Boston, Massachusetts,1976
The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) is pleased to present Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music, an exhibition by acclaimed photographer Henry Horenstein. The work will be on display from April 23 through May 31, 2015.
Honky Tonk is a collection of photographs taken between 1968 and 2010 that document the changing world of country music and its fans. Shot in bars, music ranches and famous venues like Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Horenstein not only shows us the performers on stage, but also the dedication and love the fans have for the performers and the music. Of the Project Horenstein says, “all along, in my historian's mind, I always saw this as a disappearing world that I wanted to preserve on film.” As such, Horenstein began this project at a time when he saw the world of country music changing, and wanted to capture it as it was before it turned into the big-business that it is today. “I expect that everyone will remember mega stars like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, but I wonder: Will they remember Kitty Wells, Ernest Tubb, or, for that matter, Hillbilly Tex? These pictures were made in hopes that they will,” says Horenstein.
About Henry Horenstein
Henry Horenstein has been a professional photographer, teacher, and author since the 1970s. He studied history at the University of Chicago and earned his BFA and MFA at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he is now professor of photography. Henry's work is collected and exhibited internationally, and he has published over 30 books, including Black & White Photography: A Basic Manual, and Digital Photography: A Basic Manual, used by hundreds of thousands of college, university, high-school, and art-school students as their introduction to photography. He has also published several monographs of his own work, including Show, Honky Tonk, Animalia, Humans, Racing Days, Close Relations, and many others. His recent film Spoke has been screened at several venues, including the Austin Film Festival and the Alexandria Film Festival. Henry lives in Boston.