As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of The Provincetown International Film Festival the Festival presents and auction of photographs from the exhibit 20×20: HENNY GARFUNKEL/ 20 YEARS OF PORTRAITS FROM THE PROVINCETOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.
The photographs offer a selection of visionary talent who have been honored at PIFF, and to shine a light, as their work continues to influence the Provincetown Film Festival and Film Society. The gallery is thrilled to celebrate the Festival’s 20th Anniversary with the show.
A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE AUCTION OF THESE
PHOTOGRAPHS ARE A DONATION TO THE PROVINCETOWN FILM FESTIVAL
AND SOCIETY. TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EFFORT INQUIRE HERE.
HENNY GARFUNKEL is a New York based portrait and reportage/street photographer. Since 1993, Henny has photographed a veritable who’s who of everyone in the film world. A fixture on the International Film Festival circuit for the past few decades, Henny has photographed at Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, New York, Venice, Tribeca, Provincetown Film Festivals, and is now known for her memorable portraits of actors and filmmakers. She has created editorial features for publications and media companies that include Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, InStyle, Filmmaker, Paper Magazine, New York Magazine, Sundance Channel, Sundance TV, BBC.com/culture, and Vogue.com. to name a few; as well as numerous international publications and websites.
A self-taught photographer, Henny began photographing while traveling in Greece in the 1970’s, with a simple point and shoot camera. Since then, she has developed a humble, casual, almost accidental style. She likes to react to the world, rather than pose it. She’s most comfortable on the street and relies on serendipity to provide her with her richest material.
As one photo editor put it: “Henny’s personality and style have been a welcoming touch and celebrities and filmmakers alike feel comfortable around her. They gravitate towards her. It’s a rare occasion that anyone turns Henny down. They want to be in her photographs.” The portraits include photos of John Waters, Tilda Swinton, Christine Vachon, Alan Cumming and many others.
Her history with Provincetown dates back to 1983 when she founded the memorable shop TROPPO and showcased artist created jewelry, objects and clothing. TROPPO lasted only a few years, but her love affair with Provincetown endures.…She became involved with the Provincetown International Film Festival from its onset in 1997 and continues to return whenever possible. The current solo exhibit marks her fourth with The Schoolhouse Gallery
“The town and the festival have a special place in my heart.”
Henny describes her work in the following terms: “In most situations, i have limited time and connecting with my subjects is crucial, so i have learned to go with the flow, and out of that comes an immediate trust. I believe this is vital for all my work and certainly adds to making a great photograph. My photographs capture these fleeting moments when my subjects and i pass through each other’s lives.”
Celebrating its 20th Installment, the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to showcasing new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of emerging as well as acclaimed directors, producers and actors. PIFF is committed to serving its communities who are often outside of the mainstream, in the margins, or otherwise underserved, but have a voice critical to the evolution of artistic expression. Now in it’s 21st successful year, PIFF has permanently established itself as the largest cultural event in lower Cape Cod and Provincetown’s premier cultural event, attracting 10,000 plus film-goers, movie buffs, and arts patrons. This 5-day festival showcases over 100 American and international independent narrative, documentary and animated features and shorts as well as panel discussions and special events.
For information about films, awards and events please visit the Festival’s web site at https://www.provincetownfilm.org/festival/ .