List of photobooks by Henson, Bill

Bill Henson (Melbourne, Australia, b.1955) is one of Australia’s most notable leaders in Contemporary photography. Notable influences on his work include the famous Melbourne painter and his long-term partner Louise Hearman, and the award-winning film director Paul Cox.
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Bill Henson (Melbourne, Australia, b.1955) is one of Australia’s most notable leaders in Contemporary photography. Notable influences on his work include the famous Melbourne painter and his long-term partner Louise Hearman, and the award-winning film director Paul Cox.
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Although Henson did not complete his degree, Louis Athol Shmith showed his work to the photography curator at the National Gallery of Victoria, which led to Henson’s first solo exhibition in 1975. Since his first exhibition, the artist has shown his work in the most notable venues including the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Venice Biennale.


Fine art photography: chiaroscuro lighting as a tool to express emotions


Common themes that can be seen in Henson’s work include chiaroscuro (stark light to dark tonal contrasts), bokeh (blurry imagery), and a reflection of a strong sense of musicality.

Henson’s stark, signature aesthetic is characterized by his use of dramatic chiaroscuro lighting and bokeh blurred backgrounds, carefully employing light as a tool to highlight drama, terror, or awe.


One of Henson’s most famous projects, known as the Paris Opera Project, was created in 1991 to give viewers a sense of listening to music. The project was produced in an attempt to generate images designed to show the feelings stirred by music.

More recently, Henson has shifted his focus to both urban and rural landscapes. His works portray a sort of romanticism with dark and abandoned fringes of the city that often include lone figures tormented by longing and sadness. Henson’s project entitled 3 Decades of Photography captures three decades of his work, and is meant to demonstrate that a series is never over, but is instead only a work in progress.


Bibliography: Already published photo books / monographs


2017 Kindertotenliede, Stanley Barker
2016 Bill Henson, Editions Bessard
2015 Particle Mist, Stanley Barker
2014 1985, Stanley Barker
2005 Mnemosyne, Scalo
2003 Bill Henson, Universidad de Salamanca
2002 Bill Henson: Lux and Nox
1995 Bill Henson, EATA
1988 Elsewhere, Institute of Contemporary Arts


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    .Our last copy - Sold out by the publisher.IMPORTANT NOTICE to our customers outside of France : please note that - given the price & size of this book - we will not be able to offer the "Low Cost" shipping option for this item. Unfortunately, we do not have the technical possibility to remove this option a specific item, so we would simply request...

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    .Two copies available.Publisher's presentation: "Bill Henson is a visionary explorer of twilight zones, between nature and civilization, youth and adulthood, male and female. His photographs are painterly tableaux that continue the traditions of romantic literature and painting. Henson's elegant, formal photographs – of battered landscapes and fragile,...

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  • .Last copies.Publisher's presentation: "Particle Mist draws together works from three of Bill Henson’s earliest photographic series: Untitled 1974, Untitled 1975 with additional previously unseen photographs from an unfinished work begun in 1976. Together they form a portrait of an artist as a young man. The series shows Henson’s recognised and celebrated...

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  • .Sold out. Publisher's presentation: "At the age of 33, one of Australia’s foremost photographers, Bill Henson, produced some of the most evocative portraits and powerful dreamscapes of his career. Now nearly 30 years on STANLEY/BARKER has published this transcendental body of work for the first time. Shot at dawn or dusk, in the suburbs of Melbourne,...

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    176 pages - Hardcover with DJ Thames & Hudson, 2008 New - Mint conditionThe story of this book, first published by Scalo in 2002 and sold out the following year, supposedly reprinted / republished by Thames & Hudson in 2008 (stated in the copies offered), but that reaches us only now...A controversial book, because it includes nudity of...

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