Henry Horenstein was raised on country music and was a regular of country venues, « honky tonks », that inspired him pictures that depicted liveliness, music, dance and a touch of debauchery. Having studied photography alongside Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, the American photographer believed it was Dolly Parton who gave him the best advice. In 1972 indeed, he photographed the American singer whom he questioned about her performances’ costumes. Dolly Parton answered : ‘People don’t come out to see me looking like everybody else’ and Henry Horenstein thus declared, ‘I thought it was good creative advice for everyone’. He later pushed his experimentation by renewing the animal photography genre with elegant timeless black and white images that diffuse a strong sense of mystery and abstraction.