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PARTNERS is a celebration of choice in our romantic relationships. If it's OK with them, it's OK with us. A very short sample follows:
PARTNERS is a celebration of choice in our romantic relationships. If it's OK with them, it's OK with us. A very short sample follows:
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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.

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ABOUT HENRY

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.

http://horenstein.com

WHY KICKSTARTER?

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.

Monk models the Honky Tonk T-shirt
Monk models the Honky Tonk T-shirt

 

Creatures Tote
Creatures Tote

 

Honky Tonk letterpress poster
Honky Tonk letterpress poster

 

Rare letterpress poster
Rare letterpress poster

 

Shoot What You Love
Shoot What You Love

 

Close Relations, Show, Animalia, Honky Tonk, Histories
Close Relations, Show, Animalia, Honky Tonk, Histories

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

http://horenstein.com/honky-tonk-gallery/

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.

http://horenstein.com/histories-gallery/

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

http://horenstein.com/close-relations-gallery/

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

http://horenstein.com/show-gallery/

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

http://horenstein.com/animalia-gallery/

Cownose Ray
Cownose Ray

 

Giant Pacific Octopus
Giant Pacific Octopus

 

Brown Sea Nettles
Brown Sea Nettles

 

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton, Symphony Hall, Boston, MA, 1972. This is a signed 7” sq (approx.) image size, silver-gelatin print (unframed). Uneditioned. Printed 2003. 

For International shipping contact directly: henry@horenstein.com

 

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.

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    Shoot What You Love

    A memoir from yours truly. In here, you'll find a history of the last several decades in photography though the eyes of this observer/participant. Lots of my photos, name dropping, and even some useful advice for you AITs (artists in training) out there. Published 2016 by Monacelli Press. Signed.

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    A very cool, dark gray t-shirt commemorating the 2007 show of Henry's book HONKY TONK at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. HONKY TONK on front; RISD logo on back. Choose from Small, Medium, Large, X-Large. They usually run a little small, except when they don't.

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    From a series and a book (see book rewards) of photos Henry made from 1999-2006. In Animalia, he tried to make images distinctly different from the usual cliched subject. The graininess, closeness, and lack of color help make them evocative, dreamy, metaphoric.

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    From a series and a book (see book rewards) of photos Henry made from 1999-2006. In Animalia, he tried to make images distinctly different from the usual cliched subject. The graininess, closeness, and lack of color help make them evocative, dreamy, metaphoric.

    These are signed 12x18 inch pigment prints in a special Kickstarter edition. Nineteen of them are hanging at the Hillman's Children's Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh and in many museum and private collections worldwide.

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    Brown Sea Nettles

    From a series and a book (see book rewards) of photos Henry made from 1999-2006. In Animalia, he tried to make images distinctly different from the usual cliched subject. The graininess, closeness, and lack of color help make them evocative, dreamy, metaphoric.

    These are signed 12x18 inch pigment prints in a special Kickstarter edition. Nineteen of them are hanging at the Hillman's Children's Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh and in many museum and private collections worldwide.

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    An original hand-signed David Godlis print of the young Patti Smith, taken outside CBGB back in the day: 11x14 paper size, archival pigment print, unframed. Three prints available.

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    Three individual reviews over one year by Henry in person (if it can be arranged) or by Skype. Henry has been a portfolio review for many official reviews, including Houston Fotofest. He is a longtime professor at Rhode Island School of Design, and author of some of the most widely used textbooks in the history of photography.

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    All three ANIMALIA prints

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    Producer

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    VIP Treatment at PARTNERS premiere

    You'll get air transportation for two from any points within the U.S., a hotel for 2 nights, prime seats to the screening and party — plus dinner with the director and (if available) stars of the film.

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