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Rayko Photo Center

Exhibition Detail
Honky Tonk
Curated by: Ann Jastrab
428 Third St
San Francisco, CA 94107

May 30th, 2013 - July 5th, 2013
May 30th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Waylon Jennings, Henry HorensteinHenry Horenstein, Waylon Jennings,
1976, photography, 20x24"
© 1976
Drunk Dancers, Henry HorensteinHenry Horenstein, Drunk Dancers
© Courtesy of the Artist and Rayko Photo Center
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Mon: Closed | Tues - Thurs: 10a-10p | Fri - Sun: 10a-8p
photography, documentary photography


Documents the great story of country music

Honky Tonk

Photographs by Henry Horenstein

Forty years after he began documenting the country music scene in and around Nashville, Henry Horenstein’s deep love for the music and its people continues. Having spent a lifetime around performers and fans, he has been granted access to the high-glamour backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in its heyday as well as the rough-and-tumble dive bars and family-friendly festivals. Spanning from 1972-2011, Horenstein’s photographs featured in his book, “Honky Tonk” capture the irrepressible spirit of an American institution as it has evolved over the years. Familiar stars including Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings, Tex Ritter, Ralph Stanley, and Tammy Wynette are seen here alongside the familiar venues and enthusiastic fans that sustained them. Horenstein’s photographs and the latest edition of his book are as evocative and irresistible as the music itself.

Visit RayKo during the opening reception to meet the legend himself, see his prints and have him sign a copy of his beautiful and nostalgic book, “Honky Tonk, Portraits of Country Music.”


Henry Horenstein has been a professional photographer, teacher, and author since the 1970s. He studied history at the University of Chicago before turning to photography, earning his BFA and MFA at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), while studying under legendary photographers Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Henry's work is collected and exhibited internationally, and he has published over 30 books, including Black & White 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, and is professor of photography at RISD. His photographs can be seen at

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