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Directed by photographer Henry Horenstein, whose work can be found in the MFA exhibition “(un)expected families,” this fascinating documentary incorporates clips from 13 interviews with couples who discuss how they met and how their relationships work. Some of the relationships captured here are fairly conventional, while others are wildly unorthodox. But these couples share much in common with each other—their tastes, personal philosophies, dreams for the future, and, most importantly, their love. At its heart, Partners is about acceptance and a celebration of choice.
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 studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind.
Henry's work is collected and exhibited internationally and he has published over 30 books, including several monographs of his own work such as SHOOT WHAT YOU LOVE (a memoir), HISTORIES, SHOW, HONKY TONK, ANIMALIA, HUMANS, RACING DAYS, CLOSE RELATIONS, and many others. He has also authored 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. MAKE BETTER PICTURES, his newest instructional book, will be published this fall.
In recent years, Henry has been making films: PREACHER, MURRAY, SPOKE, and now PARTNERS, which premiered recently at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.
Henry is professor of photography at RISD and lives in Boston.