Our Hearts Go Out To The People Of Sri Lanka

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Colombo, Sri Lanka  2006

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© David Katzenstein
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OPENING ACT: Access to Theater Art

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Breaking through the fourth wall, Opening Act works with New York City’s most under-served public schools by providing students with the opportunity to gain confidence, pride, and the knowledge that they can succeed at anything in life.

In 2013 David Katzenstein received an invitation to create a portfolio of fine art photographs to help enhance awareness in support of Opening Acts’ development goals. 2018 was a banner year for the organization. Photographing the performers, writers, and host of contributing artists for last years’ gala presentation of Hear Me Here directed by Kenny Leon, formalized the students’ experience through fine art photography. Transformative and inspiring, this project continues to enhance Opening Act’s efforts in ways we never dreamed possible. We are thrilled to participate with this organization on an ongoing basis.

Please join us in honoring the incredible students, artists, and supporters of Opening Act as we celebrate their 19th year of success at their Annual Gala on April 2, 2019, at New World Stages in New York City.

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© David Katzenstein

INTRODUCING HEP ONLINE

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Join us in celebrating The Human Experience Project!

Shining a light on joy, education, and service our goal is to create visual

narrative content supporting mission-based organizations, institutions, and individuals

who inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge and strengthen our communities.

Click here to view HEP Volume One

We look forward to hearing from you!

David + Gay

(To learn more, please visit our site The Human Experience Project)

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© David Katzenstein

WELCOME TO AMERICA!

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Old Orchard Beach, Maine 2017

Last summer while working on a project about Old Orchard Beach in Maine I came across this wonderful family, recent immigrants from Somalia, Africa. When I spotted them amongst the bathers I asked the father if I could take a family portrait. They were recent arrivals to the United States, probably through the process of political asylum. They stood out on the crowded beach, and it made me proud to live in a country where immigrants are welcome.
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© David Katzenstein

Summer Fun

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Lovers Under the Pier – Old Orchard Beach, Maine

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© David Katzenstein

50/50: Netherlands

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While traveling in The Netherlands a number of years ago I took a break from the urban centers and headed for the beaches of Zeeland, the province located in the southwest corner of the country. In summertime the area is flooded with bathers from local towns and neighboring countries, but in early spring when I was there the desolation added to the natural beauty of the terrain. Tides are famously large, with walkways jutting out into the water seeming to lead to islands in the near distance that appear as the water subsides. This image is my homage to Dutch painting, framing a scene within a scene.

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Read more about the 50/50 project here

50/50: Argentina, Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal