Henderson's photos are, indeed, of nudes, from simple to nearly unrecognizable as such. But they demand a multiple view of the nude as simultaneously a photographic genre (an art form), a symbol (metaphor), and a probing of the real people who volunteered to be photographed. One such person weaves throughout the collection. Most images are layered explorations from a life drawing class where the nude is the "life." Multiple negatives often combine to suggest the diversity of people, both the unclothed models and the clothed artists. Henderson's photographs have been collected by the Bibliothèque national in Paris and published internationally. His poems have been recognized by the Academy of American Poets.
Arnold Clayton Henderson has been, at various stages in his career, photographer, poet, editor, college teacher, and environmental commissioner. He has a special interest in the interplay of poetic text and photographs, the one never simply repeating the other, but adding. His photographs are held by the Bibliotheque nationale in Paris, the Architectural Museum in Ljubljana (Slovenia), and private collections. They have been published in such art and photography journals as Aperture (U.S.), Camera (Switzerland), Foto (Belgium), Structurist (Canada), etc.; and in books from the Paris-based international traveling exhibits Fantastic Photography and Le Nouveau nu.