Sometimes I imagine the slowest movie.
I attempt to reduce it to a single frame...
one that still renders movement and conversation.
Eric J Henderson shoots primarily in nighttime long exposures and exclusively with a 1950 Kodak Brownie Hawkeye found and bought for $5 off the street in Harlem, 2003 at 125th and Park Avenue, the site of the now defunct "junkies' bazaar," a spot where a few guys would gather and sell whatever they found on the street that day. "I had never shot anything before finding it as I was not a photographer and had no particular interest in photography. I just thought the Brownie would make a cool art deco paperweight. It took over my life after that."
"I use the Brownie camera exclusively, but not for nostalgia. It's an honest and current tool that allows me to compose freely in multiple exposures (by not advancing the frame), and in long exposures, mostly using the earth as my tripod. I am moved by the design and its 1950 art deco 1950 character, but I'm intrigued more by the idea of technology often advancing not because we've exhausted it, but rather because we simply want something new. When we want new things for the sake of what's new, we must, by definition, leave behind some undiscovered utility.
"I want to find the images that lie in the infinite space between the parameters of a nominally outdated technology. In that sense, I'm reminded of the infinite conundrum of a number line: You can get from "1" to "2," but only practically, not mathematically.
"The intensely manual nature of the camera, no automated settings, allows it to become whatever I am and a natural extension of who I am and what I'm thinking."
Born in Dallas Texas. Lives and works in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York
His work has been exhibited in The Studio Museum in Harlem (SMH), The Forsyth Center Galleries (Texas A&M University), and Maison Rouge (Chicago), among other venues. He has also been included in various private collections including that of a current office of The White House.
Commissioned work: "Beautiful Things in Harlem" for the SMH magazine, Studio (2007), and What a Duck! (2008), a surf and lifestyle magazine as well as shooting/teaching engagements in France (2009), Brasil (2006, 2007), Morocco (2007), and the United States for The World Bank, Starbucks, OneWorld Now! and Amideast.
Media features: NPR (WNYC- New York), El Diario La Prensa and The Dallas Morning news and noted in review by The New Yorker magazine for works appearing in the SMH exhibition HRLM: Pictures.
2009 Dodge & Burn, by Qiana Mestrich: "I was struck by the elegance of his photos, all taken with a vintage camera."
2008 What a Duck! Magazine: "Eric's images evoke the past as effortlessly as they highlight insights of the future."
2007 El Diario La Prensa: "Possessing a distinct social conscience, Eric's photos transcend simple aesthetic appeal."
2007 Dallas Morning News: "Photographer Eric Henderson puts an antique camera to ultra-modern use."
2005 New Yorker Magazine: "...works by James Van der Zee, Gordon Parks...among the newcomers, works by Eric J Henderson stand out." Re: HRLM Pictures
"Walk: A 1950 Camera Finds Its Modern Day Soul", Exhibiton and Residency, Forsyth Center Gallery, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
(TBA) Rush Arts Gallery (Chelsea) New York, New York
"Presenting Eric J Henderson" (Chicago debut), Maison Rouge Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
"Photography as Art ...More Than A Thousand Words",Canvas Paper and Stone, New York, New York
"Just a Little Bit" Gallery Opening,Canvas Paper and Stone, New York, New York
HRLM: pictures, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, New York
TEACHING ARTIST COMMISSIONS
The World Bank, New York, New York: created photography program as central feature of grant proposal to The World Bank that won funding from Middle East/Northern Africa Youth Innovation Fund, a program designed to used photography and video as storytelling medium to heighten awareness.
Amideast and OneWorld Now!, Rabat, Morocco, Seattle, WA: Trained youth from age 15yrs to 17yrs in both digital and film photography. Student works exhibited at Villa des Arts - Rabat and The Seattle Art Museum, December 2008
Starbucks Corporation and OneWorld Now!, Seattle, WA, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil Trained youth from age 5 yrs to 12yrs to shoot with the Kodak Brownie camera. Student works exhibited and opened with artist talk in flagship NYC Starbucks , Union Square, April 2007
Silver Gelatin Print 12" x 12" up to 50" x 50"
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