Derek Henderson was born in a rural town called Napier, in New Zealand. In a town where studying photography was not an option, he became an assistant for an advertising photographer in Auckland, New Zealand, going on to work in London. Wanting to work on more personal projects he returned to New Zealand and completed his second book, Mercy Mercer. Derek Henderson was a Hot Shot in the First Edition 2008 competition at Jen Bekman Gallery and has exhibited his work in shows worldwide.