PARTNERS is a 60-minute film about relationships. It’s a simple idea, really. PARTNERS of various stripes get together and talk about how they met and how their relationship works. They talk about themselves and their journeys together.
What you see here is a tiny sample of the finished film, which will use short clips from all interviews, carefully woven together to make the point with humor and heartfelt emotion.
The relationships are widely varied. Some are fairly conventional while others are wild. But all the partners share so much in common—their tastes, their personal philosophies, their dreams. And most importantly, their love for each other. In the end, we get it: If it’s okay with them it’s okay with us. At its heart, PARTNERS is about acceptance. It’s a celebration of choice.
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 is now professor of photography.
Henry's work is collected and exhibited internationally and he has published over 30 books, including 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. He has also published several monographs of his own work, including SHOOT WHAT YOU LOVE, HISTORIES: TALES FROM THE 70S, SHOW, HONKY TONK, ANIMALIA, HUMANS, RACING DAYS, CLOSE RELATIONS, and many others.
In recent years, with more than a little help from ace editor/filmmaker William A. Anderson, Henry has been making films: PREACHER, MURRAY . . . and now PARTNERS. He lives in Boston.
So far the film has been self-funded (thank you Mr. and Ms. Mastercard) and we've been able to travel the country filming the diverse stories of a range of partners. Now we need to take all of this footage and turn it into a film we can share. With the support of Kickstarter we will be able to finish the shooting, edit the film, and handle all of the other post production expenses that are critical to making PARTNERS.
HONKY TONK: PORTRAITS OF COUNTRY MUSIC: HONKY TONK documents the changing world of both country music and American culture through images of its stars, its fans, and the places where they meet. Songwriter Harlan Howard described the ingredients of a good country song as "Three Chords and the Truth.”
Foreword by Eddie Stubbs, Announcer, Grand Ole Opry
W.W. Norton, 2012
HISTORIES: TALES FROM THE 70s: A beautifully produced collection of Henry’s images from the 1970s, once he decided to move from studying history to studying photography. "If I was a photographer, I could still be a historian of sorts and not have to read so many boring books.”
Foreword by Tom Rankin, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University
Honky Tonk Editions, 2016 Special edition with slipcover
A Kickstarter supported book! Thank you.
CLOSE RELATIONS: Henry’s images of his family and friends, shot while he was in his 20s growing from childhood to adulthood. “In Close Relations I tried to mix a sense of history with a sense of humor. ”
Foreword by Tom Magliozzi, Car Talk, NPR
PowerHouse Books, 2006 Out of Print
SHOW: Here is a celebration of difference and diversity through the art and artists of the neo-burlesque movement — a blend of alternative entertainment and performance, encompassing striptease, drag, fetish, and sideshow artistry. "Look below the surface and we'll be there . . . somewhere, in a basement, in a sub-basement, a back room, a speakeasy, or a dingy nightclub off the beaten path." Murray Hill
Introduction by Murray Hill, Comic and MC
Pond Press, 2010 Special edition with slipcover
ANIMALIA: This collection of the best of Henry's images of sea and land creatures has been described variously as “evocative, mysterious, romantic, surprising, and weird.” These abstract images will make the viewer see otherwise familiar animals in a new and different light.
Foreword by Elizabeth Werby, Harvard Museum of Natural History
Pond Press, 2008
Dolly Parton, Symphony Hall, Boston, MA, 1972. This is a signed 7” sq (approx.) image size, silver-gelatin print (unframed). Uneditioned. Printed 2003.
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Risks and challenges
Making a film is a tough business but we've already finished the hardest part which is shooting most of these incredible stories. With the support of backers like you we'll be able to complete the final stretch of shooting.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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