From David Schonauer’s review of Henry Horenstein’s new book “Shoot What You Love” for AI-AP’s Pro Photo Daily:
“Find what you love, and shoot it.”
That, says Henry Horenstein was the best advice he ever got about photography. It came from the photographer Harry Callahan, who Horenstein studied with at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Horenstein has been abiding by Callahan’s suggestion for four decades, shooting everything from horse racing in Saratoga Springs to Venezuelan baseball players and nightlife in Rio. Along the way he also became a noted RISD professor in his own right and author of somewhere between 30 and 40 books — he isn’t quite sure — including 2012’s popular “Honky Tonk,” an ode to country music, which is one of Horenstein’s loves. Another of his books is “Black and White Photography: A Basic Manual,” which has sold over 700,000 copies since it was first published in 1974.
“That was was my first book, and I thought, ‘Wow, this is easy,’” Horenstein says.
Earlier this year, we profiled Horenstein when he brought out his book “Histories: Tales from the 70s,” a collection of images he made during the decade he came of age as an artist — and when photography came of age as an art.