BLITTO UNDERGROUND | A Film by Henry Horenstein
July 30, 2022 8pm, August 9, 2022 7:30pm
Blitto Underground (2021) is a dive into Buenos Aires Bohemia, guided by a struggling club entertainer named Pablo Blitto Torre. It’s about inclusivity, acceptance, and community—the community Blitto has built of his friends, fellow entertainers, and fellow "freaks," as he calls them.
Blitto’s world of music, individualism, love, and self-expression on the margins is a fluid world and Blitto Underground embraces this fluidity in a verité style as it follows its characters wherever they go. One unexpected place Blitto goes is domesticity and humanity, as we follow the vegan Blitto to animal rescue work, dog love, and the warmth of his given family.
Henry Horenstein studied history at the University of Chicago and earned his BFA and MFA at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he studied with legends 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 Honky Tonk, Histories, Show, Animalia, Humans, Racing Days, Close Relations, and many others. His next monograph Speedway72, which features photographs made 50 years ago, will be published in 2022. 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. His Shoot What You Love serves both as a memoir and a personal history of photography over the past 50 years.
In recent years, Henry has been making films: Preacher, Murray, Spoke, Partners, and Blitto Underground, which premiered in 2021. He is currently in production on Where Everybody is Somebody, a film about Cajun Louisiana.
Henry is professor of photography at RISD and lives in Boston.