Discover and capture the hidden or unseen culture and everyday activities of Maine—how the real Mainers live.

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Most people think of Maine as a seaside paradise, complete with gorgeous sunrises and sunsets and hearty fishermen, bringing in their catch. But there is a lot more to Maine than the sea and this workshop is about discovering the hidden or unseen culture and everyday activities of Maine—how the real Mainers live.

The main purpose of this week-long class is to get students thinking about how their work connects and how to develop their own unique vision. We will talk about working on projects, working for a purpose (books, exhibitions, etc.), and making a career in photography. And anything else students want to discuss, whether philosophical, creative, professional, or technical.

To some degree, class takes place in cars and vans, as we travel the Route One Coastal Highway to such events as county fairs, minor league baseball, roller derby (maybe), and half-abandoned mill towns. During those trips, we will talk shop and exchange ideas and try to answer whatever photography questions you have.

Back on the Maine Media campus, we will look at and discuss work daily. Work you bring to the workshop and work you make during our week together. The final project will be a digital (Blurb) book, which we will edit and design on the spot to represent the week’s activities. Naturally, we will also discuss issues of putting a book together and publishing in the 21st century.

All image credit ©Henry Horenstein.

Past student work

 (clockwise): John Doyle, Fritz Goeckner (x2), Jerry Yordy, Jeff Schlegel, Denise Yordy, Paul Bliese, Nicole Maggio

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Instructor: Henry Horenstein

Noted photographer Henry Horenstein was a student of Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind’s. His earliest interest was in history and that has influenced his choice of subject matter from country music to burlesque. 

Henry has published over 30 books, including classic textbooks Black and White Photography, Beyond Basic Photography, and Digital Photography; and monographs, Racing Days, Animalia, Humans, Show, Close Relations, and Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music. Henry’s latest books are Speedway 1972 (2022) and We sort of People (2023). 

Henry has produced films such as Partners (2016), Blitto Underground (2021), and Marksville, LA (2023).

In 2023, Henry was given the Honored Educator Award by the Society for Photographic Education, noting his years of dedication to teaching and being active in photographic arts. Henry’s photographs are collected and exhibited internationally. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, and teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.