DISTANT JOURNEYS: Cracks in the Wall


Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel – 11:07:13 AM 
The custom of placing written prayers and wishes at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem began about 300 years ago, and over a million notes are placed each year. For this series, Katzenstein zoomed in on the cracks between the stones where pilgrims to the sacred site deposit their folded pieces of paper. The images are displayed not in a linear form, but in a timeline form (created between 10:43-11:08 on the morning of November 30, 2017). It is not only a tactile study of stone and paper but also one of changing light as the sun began to cast directly on the wall in the later images. It is also important to note that The Dome of The Rock, an Islamic shrine located on the Temple Mount, sits on the plateau directly above the Western Wall.

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© David Katzenstein


Good Friday Procession – Church of the Holy Sepulchre


procession – Jerusalem, Israel  2006

A procession leaving the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem on Good Friday.

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© David Katzenstein

50/50: Israel



A number of years ago after experiencing and photographing the amalgam of the ancient city of Jerusalem I headed out of town, passing through the Judean Hills on my way down to visit the Dead Sea. I was struck by this remarkable landscape, which is filled with history and memories of memories. Even though Israel is approximately the size of New Jersey it is filled with an immense abundance of natural beauty.

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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