Edge of Humanity Magazine Features 50/50 Project

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A selection of photographs from Katzenstein’s longterm project 50/50 is being featured in the current issue of the online magazine Edge of Humanity.

To view the article click here

© David Katzenstein

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Memories of Barrio de Petare – Caracas, Venezuela

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Barrio de Petare, Caracas, Venezuela

In light of the recent news coming out of Venezuela I was reminded of being on assignment in 2005 in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods of Caracas – Barrio Petare. Police would not even enter and gangs of young men paraded around protecting their limited turf with extreme acts of violence. Poverty was so pervasive then, it is hard to imagine the hardships currently being endured by the families now without food or other basic necessities.

© David Katzenstein

Elvis on Beale Street

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Elvis in Memphis #1

I just returned from a trip down South and grabbed some shots along Beale Street on the way to the airport. Elvis continues to rule.

Click here to see more images from my adventure

 

PROJECT HAVANA: Coches Viejos

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coches viejos  Havana, Cuba  2014

Havana is famous for the plethora of vintage US automobiles from the 50’s that still roam the streets. The challenge for Katzenstein was how to photograph them in a fresh way, so he decided to do a series only from moving vehicles, which added a degree of chance and movement. The Coches Viejos series is part of Katzenstein’s PROJECT HAVANA.

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50/50: Argentina

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50/50: Argentina

Bar Sur is a great traditional bar in the San Telmo section of Buenos Aires where a troupe of musicians and dancers have performed for years. When I visited the pianist had barely missed a night in 50 years.

Read about the 50/50 project here

Islam in Africa: A Pilgrimage to Touba, Senegal

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50/50: 50 Countries, 50 Photos

For over 20 years I have traveled the world, either on assignment or on personal journeys, photographing the daily life and rhythm of the world’s indigenous cultures. My current project “50/50: 50 Countries, 50 Photos” is a collection of fifty images taken in fifty of the countries that I visited throughout the years. Read an interview with me by Brittany Raynor of MonacoReps about the project. And check back with me next week when I will begin posting one country each week until I’ve covered all fifty.

What made you decide to start your 50/50 project?

The 50/50 project came about when I was asked by the director of The Forward Thinking Museum to put together a list of countries where I had photographed in. I began to think that a collection of a representative image from each country would make for an interesting book project, and there are many stories behind the various images. It was a challenge to select one image to represent a country, especially countries that I have had the opportunity to return to a number of times for various assignments and projects.

While on assignment for AES (a global electric company), you traveled the world for over 3 years taking pictures. Are many of your 50 country images ones that were captured during that assignment?

Yes. I think that I selected images from the AES project to represent 17 of the 50 countries included here. For AES we had the good fortune of traveling to 26 countries, exploring local cultures while at the same time creating a library of images that represented the company’s infrastructure and social and environmental responsibility projects. It was the true melding of art and commerce.

When choosing your 50 countries & images, what was your main goal?

I tried to select images that shared a part of the spirit of each place, and would serve as a good introduction to the variety of cultures represented here. We have also created links to view additional images from each place so the viewer can see a broader selection from specific countries.

One country each week will be featured on the blog until all 50 are shared. Are there a few that you’re especially excited to share with us?

Actually, it is difficult to choose favorites. I am often asked what is my favorite place in the world to visit and photograph. My reply is that I have spent years traversing the globe in search of that special moment, and discovered that there are special moments everywhere – you just need to be open to experiencing them. Each image selected for the 50/50 project will come with a story.Image

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