Fidel Castro – Havana 1990

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Fidel Castro giving speach in Havana in 1990.

To view portfolio of images from Cuba 1990 click here

© David Katzenstein

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Malpaso returns to NYC

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Bailarines entre los Bastidores (Dancers in the Wings)

In May 2014 I was introduced to the Cuban contemporary dance troupe Malpaso. I photographed them in rehearsal at the Joyce Theater in New York City. They were dancing to the music composed and performed by Arturo O’Farrill and members of the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. In December 2014, I worked on this series of the dancers at their live performance at the Teatro Mella in Havana. They premiered Despedida, accompanied onstage by the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

They return May 10-12 to the Joyce Theatre in NYC.

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To view the exhibition Havana Rhythms click here

Cuba: The Conversation Continues Receives 2 Grammy Nominations

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December 7, 2015: Cuba: The Conversation Continues was nominated today for two Grammy Awards – Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album and Best Instrumental Composition (The Afro Latin Jazz Suite). Congratulations to all the people who helped make this project a great success.

Recorded in Havana 48 hours after President Obama announced his plan to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra’s “Cuba: The Conversation Continues” is a powerful statement, a juxtaposition of music and current events. A follow up to the Grammy-winning “The Offense of the Drum,” the new album builds upon the conversation started by Dizzy Gillespie and Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo – a musical dialogue that bridged the gap between jazz and Afro-Cuban music. O’Farrill brings top composers from both the U.S. and Cuba to create a dazzling musical tapestry, successfully fulfilling Dizzy s dream of creating ‘universal music’ .

To see Katzenstein’s current exhibition Havana Rhythms click here

HAVANA RHYTHMS Opens at Lafayette College

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Three Women, Malecón  Havana, Cuba 2014

This September Lafayette College in Easton, PA will present Havana Rhythms, an exhibition of photographs created by David Katzenstein on a recent visit to Havana, Cuba. These striking images will be on view in the Lass Gallery at Skillman Library from September 17, 2015 to January 15, 2016. There will be a gallery talk on Monday, September 21 at 12:00pm.

Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past – Berenice Abbott

Over the past 80 years, Havana has drawn important photographers who explored this vibrant city through their distinct visions. In the 1930s, Walker Evans captured the graphic quality of men and women against white buildings plastered with advertisements. Henri Cartier-Bresson found the political “decisive moment” in his 1963 photographs of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara interacting with the people of Cuba. Abbot’s quotation speaks to the work of these photographers, who caught their subjects at a significant moment in time.

In December 2014, as cold-war hostilities isolating Cuba were poised to come to a historic end, David Katzenstein photographed Havana’s sounds, colors, and energy. Unlike Evans’ and Cartier-Bresson’s black and white images, Katzenstein has found a musical quality using compositions of raw colors in a wide variety of subjects. From these photographs, we feel the powerful rhythms that people create while interacting on the Malecón, as colorful, bulbous cars race through the city, mirrored by curio shop objects, juxtaposed like musical notes that quietly echo their revolutionary past. Today the photographs of the dancers and musicians pulsate with the timeless energy of the Cuban tradition. Through his work, we see the present becoming the past in a new light.

Katzenstein captures the brilliant reds, distinctive blues and glittering greens that jump off the cars and objects that surround the people on the streets of Havana. These colors create a lyrical pattern in which the eye hears the sounds of the city’s soul: a sensuous, sweaty, fading song along the ocean.

– text and curation by Richard Grosbard

To view online: Havana Rhythms

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Lass Gallery, Skillman Library – LAFAYETTE COLLEGE – 710 Sullivan Road, Easton, PA 18042

CUBA: The Conversation Continues

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Cuba The Conversatoin Continues

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Recorded in Havana 48 hours after President Obama announced his plan to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra’s “Cuba: The Conversation Continues” is a powerful statement, a juxtaposition of music and current events. A follow up to the Grammy-winning “The Offense of the Drum,” the new album builds upon the conversation started by Dizzy Gillespie and Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo – a musical dialogue that bridged the gap between jazz and Afro-Cuban music. O’Farrill brings top composers from both the U.S. and Cuba to create a dazzling musical tapestry, successfully fulfilling Dizzy s dream of creating ‘universal music’ .

To see Katzenstein’s photographs of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra in Cuba click here

© David Katzenstein

 

 

 

Save the Date: HAVANA RHYTHMS

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David Katzenstein is pleased to announce the opening of his exhibition Havana Rhythms, an exhibition of photographs created by David Katzenstein on a recent visit to Havana, Cuba. These striking images will be on view in the Bar Thalia from March 24 to August 31, 2015. The opening reception will take place on Wednesday, March 25 between 6-8pm.

In the past 80 years, Havana has drawn important photographers who explored this vibrant city with their unique vision. In the 1930s, Walker Evans shot the graphic quality of men and women against white buildings, plastered with advertisements. Henri Cartier-Bresson found the political “decisive moment” in his 1963 photographs of Castro and Che interacting with the people of Cuba.

In December 2014 David Katzenstein photographed Havana’s sounds, colors, and energy. Unlike Evans’ and Cartier-Bresson’s black and white images, Katzenstein has found a musical quality using compositions of raw colors in his wide variety of subjects. From his photographs, we get to feel the powerful rhythms created by people interacting on the Malecon, colorful bulbous cars racing through the city, and curio shop objects juxtaposing themselves like musical notes that quietly echo their revolutionary past.

Katzenstein captures the brilliant reds, distinctive blues and glittering greens that jump off the cars and objects that surround the people on the streets of Havana. These colors create a lyrical pattern where the eye hears the sounds of the city’s soul: a sensuous, sweaty, fading song along the ocean.

Havana Rhythms is curated by Richard Grosbard for Dashbe: Art Collective, a project founded by David Katzenstein and Sherrie Nickol to present their varied photographic collections for site-specific exhibitions and installations. Their work has been presented at public and private institutions around the United States.

To view online: Havana Rhythms

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.

© David Katzenstein / Dashbe

50/50: Czech Republic

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Sony Music sent me to Prague for a week to document a group of well-known classical musicians (Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Seiji Ozawa, Frederica Von Stade) as they prepared for a gala concert  and live recording of the works of Dvorak, a native composer from the nineteenth century. I spent a lot of time at rehearsals and also combed the streets looking for scenes that emoted the essence of the city. Early one morning right after sunrise snow began to fall. I borrowed a ladder from my hotel doorman and stationed myself in the center of the Charles Bridge, one of the most famous monuments in the capital. The lone walker became the central focus of the scene and the cover of the album.

Read about the 50/50 project here

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50/50: Argentina, Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic

Check out the new online publication All My Jazz here

50/50: Cuba

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I came across this wild scene while traveling through the country working on a project about the roots of African music in Cuba for Rolling Stone Magazine. We stopped in Mantanzas, a city on the north shore of the island about one hour east of Havana known for its Afro-Cuban folklore. Our goal was to spend some time with the folkloric group Los Munequitos de Matanzas, and our visit with them led to an invitation to a Santeria ceremony. Santeria is a system of beliefs that merges the Yoruba religion (brought to Cuba by enslaved West Africans) with Roman Catholic and Native American traditions. The visual convergence of cultures mixed with a background of intense drumming was the culmination of our journey.

Read about the 50/50 project here

Go to my website here

50/50: Argentina, Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba

Check out the new online publication All My Jazz here