Looking at Animals: Photographs by Henry Horenstein

April 27, 2008

New Exhibition at Harvard Museum of Natural History

(Cambridge, MA)  The Harvard Museum of Natural History announces the final months of an exhibition of photographs by acclaimed Boston photographer Henry Horenstein entitled Looking at Animals: Photographs by Henry Horenstein on view through April 27, 2008.

Printed in rich sepia, Horenstein’s haunting images of creatures from both land and sea invite us to look closer and examine details we might never have noticed before. Photographed in a close-up style, Horenstein’s photographs are sometimes abstract and romantic, other times intense, and always intimate and provocative. Living forms become art while at the same time rewarding the keen observer with intriguing details that challenge the mind.  

“Horenstein has the vision of both an artist and a scientist in his extraordinary photographs. His images offer new ways to see and think about both familiar and unfamiliar species”, commented Elisabeth Werby, Executive Director of the Harvard Museum of Natural History.  “Looking at Animals is inspiring visitors to examine nature’s diversity with new eyes.”

Looking at Animals: Photographs by Henry Horenstein opened September 28, 2007 and will be on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural History through April 2008.

The Harvard Museum of Natural History is located at 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA, a 6-minute walk from the Harvard Square T station. The Museum is handicapped accessible. For general information please call 617.495.3045 or see the "Plan Your Visit" page.

About the Photographer
Henry Horenstein has worked as a photographer, teacher, and author since the early 1970s. He is Professor of Photography at the Rhode Island School of Design and author of over 30 books. His first textbook, Black-and-White Photography: A Basic Manual, published during his final year of graduate school at RISD, has sold over 600,000 copies, and three other books, Beyond Basic Photography, Color Photography, and Photography are widely used in photography teaching programs across the country. His monographs include Creatures (1999), Aquatics (2001), Honky Tonk (2003), Humans (2004), and Close Relations (2007).

His work is held in the collections of numerous museums, including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Special exhibitions have been shown at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, at the RISD Museum of Art, and numerous other galleries. Horenstein’s work has been published in LIFEPeopleOutsideFortune, TIMEVanity Fair, and American Photographer, among other magazines. 

About the Harvard Museum of Natural History
With a mission to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the human place in it, the Harvard Museum of Natural History draws on the University’s collections and research to present a historic and interdisciplinary exploration of science and nature. More than 165,000 visitors annually make it the University’s most-visited museum. 

For more information about this exhibition or the Harvard Museum of Natural History, please contact Blue Magruder, 617.496.0049.

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