november, 2022

16nov7:00 pm9:00 pmFeaturedFPAC Book Talk Series – Henry HorensteinAn Evening of Photographs and Little Seen Films by Henry HorensteinAssemblage Art Space


(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Assemblage Art Space

70A Sleeper Street

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An Evening of Photographs and Little Seen Films by Henry Horenstein
The Fort Point Arts Community would like to invite you to our third book talk of the 2022 season with photographer, filmmaker, teacher, and author Henry Horenstein.  The evening will include screenings of 2 20-minute films, Murray and Spoke, that have been rarely seen, followed by a talk as he shares with us his insights in his new book SPEEDWAY1972 with a book signing at the end.

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.

“I was still in grad school and I was looking for subjects. There had to be good pictures there for a wanna-be historian-with-a-camera. What better than an old-school sport that would certainly be extinct one day? I’m still waiting. My brother-in-law Paul raced stock cars—old. Paul’s cousin Dickie Simmonds owned the local Gulf station and modified the junkers that Paul drove at places like the Seekonk Speedway (Seekonk, MA) and the Thompson Speedway (Thompson, CT). Paul and Dickie had friends in low places.” – Henry Horenstein

About Henry Horenstein
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 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 30  books, including several monographs of his own work such as Honky Tonk, Histories,  Show, Animalia, Humans, Racing Days, Close Relations, and many others. His next  monograph Speedway72, which features photographs made 50 years ago, will be  published in 2022. 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. 

In recent years, Henry has been making films: Preacher, Murray, Spoke, Partners, and  Blitto Underground, which will premier in 2021. He is currently in production on Where  Everybody is Somebody, a film about Cajun Louisiana. Henry is professor of  photography at RISD and lives in Boston.


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