Henry Horenstein: Animalia

Robbie McClaran: From Here On


On Display:
August 2 – September 1
Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 | 6-9pm
Artist Reception: Thursday, August 8 | 5-7pm
Free Lecture with Henry Horenstein: Thursday, August 8 | 7-9pm

Newspace Center for Photography is pleased to announce the exhibitions Animalia by photographer and educator, Henry Horenstein, in our Main Gallery and From Here On by Portland-based photographer, Robbie McClaran in our Special Exhibitions Gallery.

MAIN GALLERY Henry Horenstein’s series Animalia, made between 1995 and 2001, is a collection of evocative images of aquatic and terrestrial creatures photographed primarily in zoos and aquariums. Horenstein preferred this environment where he was able to isolate and abstract his subject matter due to ideal viewing conditions and consistently available subjects.  His goal with this project was not to simply document the animals, rather, he wanted to look closer and capture the more subtle beauty, oddness and mystery of each creature.

“Photographing animals is very different from photographing people. You can’t tell an elephant where to stand, and you can´t ask a skate to smile or a lizard to say “cheese.” Instead, you must be very patient and wait, hoping your subject will do what you want it to do, or maybe something else unexpected that might make a good picture.   As I watch and wait, I listen to other zoo visitors discuss the animals in human terms. “Look at that,” they say. “He’s smiling at us.” Or, Poor thing, “she’s bored.” Or, “doesn’t that monkey look like Uncle Ike?””
-Henry Horenstein

Henry Horenstein has been a professional photographer, 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: A Basic Manual, and Digital Photography: A Basic Manual, 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 Show, Honky Tonk, Animalia, Humans, Racing Days, Close Relations, and many others. Henry lives in Boston.


SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS GALLERY Robbie McClaran’s series From Here On documents the slow economic and social decline of his hometown and other similar size communities across the South.  McClaran grew up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and like many before him he hit the road once he was able to drive a car and fend for himself.  Since the 70’s he has spent countless hours behind the wheel crisscrossing America’s Heartland looking for images to capture.

“As a photographer I am based in the tradition of documentary and storytelling. As an artist, I hope to describe moments of grace, beauty and mystery and am drawn to depict sculptural and painterly forms. “From Here On”, takes it’s title from a Woody Guthrie song and I offer the work as a kind of visual folk song.”
– Robbie McClaran

Robbie McClaran’s work frequently appears in diverse publications, such as The New York Times Magazine, Time, Smithsonian, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Runner’s World, Inc., Bloomberg Markets, Forbes, and Reader’s Digest. His work has been featured in Plazm, Photo District News, The Photo Review and ID Design and has been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, American Photography, The New York Art Director’s Club, Graphis and Communication Arts. Robbie lives in Portland Oregon with his wife, Designer / Illustrator Lydia Hess and their two daughters.


Gallery Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 10am-9:30pm
Friday – Sunday: 10am-6pm (First Fridays 6-9pm)


Thank you to the Kinsman Foundation for your ongoing support of the Newpsace Gallery.