Bill Owen’s historic, timely Naked man at Altamont at Paul Paletti Gallery for First Friday

“In December of 1969 I got a call from a friend, she said the Associated Press wanted to hire me for a day to cover a rock and roll concert. I road my motorcycle to the event. I had two Nikons, three lenses, thirteen rolls of film, a sandwich, and a jar of water. ” Bill Owen

Go back in time and see one of the photos from those 13 rolls of film, “Naked Man at Altamont” as part of our show, “Recent Acquisitions and Other Treasures“, through June at the Paul Paletti Gallery.

Our show “Recent Acquisitions and Other Treasures” continues. Stop by and see a print of this famous kiss in person!

The best professional advice Henry Horenstein ever received was to “shoot what you love.” He’s been doing that

for more than four decades, capturing photographs that often richly evoke older cultures and places, especially

ones that are disappearing: country musicians in Branson, horse racing at Saratoga Springs, nightlife in Buenos

Aires, fais do-dos in Cajun Louisiana, old highways everywhere. Horenstein brings these images together in this rich

visual memoir, along with behind-the- scenes stories, insights, and tips and suggestions for being a better


Before studying photography, Henry Horenstein was a student of history working towards a PhD and an academic

career. It was when he began to photograph that he realized that he could use his love for history and

photography to document the world around him, in particular older cultures that are disappearing. He felt that it

was a historian’s duty to make sure that these places and cultures would leave a trace. Captivated by the works of

Danny Lyon and Robert Frank, Horenstein studied with Minor White before entering the Rhode Island School of

Design (RISD) where he also studied under Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind.

Photographs by Horenstein have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American

History, George Eastman House, the Getty Museum, Fabrik der Kunste in Hamburg, Boston Museum of Fine Arts,

Philadelphia Museum of Art, and are included in the collections of the Library of Congress, Houston’s Museum of

Fine Arts, and Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. Horenstein is the author of over 30 books, including several

monographs and highly successful photography textbooks, which have been used by hundreds of thousands of

students across the country. Horenstein is a professor of photography at RISD.

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