Capturing Bill Henson

Take a closer look at contemporary photographer Bill Henson’s work through his influences and his methods

Bill Henson’s technical and aesthetic approach sets him apart from other contemporary photographers and he cites a variety of historical painters as influences in his work.

Influences from master painters:

Johannes Vermeer – Dutch High Renaissance artist of 17th century (1600’s) – Bill Henson is inspired by the use of diagonal lines and windows of light in Vermeer’s interiors and portraits. This can be seen in Henson’s 1994/95 (collage) series.

Titian – Italian Renaissance artist of 16th century – the busyness and chaotic yet harmonious compositions in Titian’s group portraits and battle scenes are a visual influence and the rich tonalism of the treatment of the figure regardless whether the subject is violent or sensual.