A Professor’s Portfolio

With a new book of photographs, the founder of HLS’s Human Rights Program presents faces and places he’s encountered in his career

Henry Steiner in 1962

Credit: HLS Special Collections A portrait of the artist in 1962.

For more than a half-century on the faculty of HLS, Professor Emeritus Henry Steiner ’55 has focused on international human rights, including as the founder of the school’s Human Rights Program. During that time, he has also focused his camera on countries around the world. He shares his deep passion for photography in a new book, “Eyeing the World.” It reflects both his artistic eye and the dignity of the people he championed—ordinary people participating in activities that engage us all, he writes. The book also contains shots of nature and architecture, with stories of how he discovered the scenes he captured.

Last fall, Steiner spoke to a standing room only crowd at Harvard Law School about his book at a talk hosted by the Harvard Law School Library. At the event, Steiner shared how he went from taking snapshots to starting to think of himself as an artist. He also told the stories behind some of the photos in the book, which were taken in the disparate locations Steiner’s work in International and Human Rights Law has taken him over his long career.

Below is a sampling of the images featured in “Eyeing the World.” Visit Steiner’s website to view more of his photos and learn about his photography.

Large boulder with man

Credit: Henry Steiner ’55 On perimeter of Hindu temple, Tamil Nadu, India, 1980s

Older woman in doorway

Credit: Henry Steiner ’55 Villager in Crete, Greece 1990s

Child in Jamaica

Credit: Henry Steiner ’55 Outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica

Credit: Henry Steiner ’55 Martinique, 1970’s

Credit: Henry Steiner ’55 Island off Antarctic coast, 2000’s

Credit: Henry Steiner ’55 Late autumn, Cambridge MA, 2000’s

Credit: Henry Steiner ’55 Siblings, Antarctica, 2000’s

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