50/50: Vanuatu

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Vanuatu is a remote Pacific island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean, about a five-hour flight northeast of Sidney, Australia. A number of years ago I was sent there on assignment by Travel + Leisure Magazine, to document a journey through the archipelago on a beautiful 60’ two masted ketch. Our travels between islands brought us one day to a settlement on Ambrym Island where we were greeted by the village elders. After a brief introduction, they donned their ritual garb and proceeded to begin ceremonial dances in the area in front of their monumental and beautiful Slit Gongs. Years later I came across a similar Slit Gong from the same village at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was immediately transported back to this moment in time.

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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, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Oman, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Vanuatu

50/50: United States

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This wonderful scene is part of my Waiting for Lady Gaga series photographed one sunny morning in Times Square. I was walking north on Broadway and spotted this crowd that had gathered outside the back door of the Good Morning American Studios on West 44th Street. The scene was other worldly; each person seemed frozen in a pose, and the light bathing the scene was reflected off a distant skyscraper. The fans were waiting in droves on both sides of the street with phone cameras at the ready, all facing the exit doors of the studios in anticipation of Lady Gaga’s exit from the building. 

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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, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Oman, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, United States

Grand Central Terminal project featured on Creative Boom

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Grand Central Terminal – New York City

All aboard for David Katzenstein’s photography of the hidden parts of Grand Central Terminal

20th April in Inspiration / Photography

How do you photograph the most famous train station in the world without following the same style as everyone else? Anyone who’s been to New York’s Grand Central Terminal will know it’s an incredible space, not just for its classic architecture but for people watching too.

Over 750,000 people pass through the building every day, as they travel to and from work. But it’s also a meeting place, a tourist spot and somewhere you can shop or grab a bite to eat – human energy is everywhere.

In 2014, photographer David Katzenstein was commissioned by a corporate sponsor to explore three transportation hubs in Manhattan. Grand Central Terminal was the first he documented and, with the sponsor’s help, he was given access to areas of the building that are usually off limits to the public. Here is just a glimpse at some of the images he captured. If you love this particular project, you should also see David’s series on the New York Public Library.

  • Katy Cowan / Creative Boom

© David Katzenstein

 

CBS News Sunday Morning features Bronx Bodegas project

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Bronx Bodegas – Bronx, New York  2016

From the outside, it looks like a nothing-special corner grocery store. But a bodega – a real New York City bodega – is so much more.

“Sunday Morning” asked photographer David Katzenstein to do a series of portraits of bodega owners in the Bronx, documenting the diversity of their merchandise while capturing the spirit of the American Dream.

This series of photographs is part of Katzenstein’s ongoing project RADIANT EXCESS: Inside Bronx Bodegas.

Click here to view entire series from Bronx Bodegas

© David Katzenstein

alfalfastudio Features Grand Central Terminal

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Do you believe in love at first sight? The first time I saw New York City, I was taken. For the last 20 years, I’ve had an intense romance with every corner, every building, and every street of the city. That’s why I was very excited when I saw the beautiful images of Grand Central Terminal by photographer David Katzenstein.

In 2014 Katzenstein received a commission to explore three central transportation hubs in Manhattan. Grand Central Terminal was the first hub and he was given access to exclusive areas of the terminal usually off limits to the public. One of my favorite places in Manhattan, “The terminal is an amazing architectural feat where over 750,000 people pass through each day on their way to and from work.” says Katzenstein, “It is a meeting place, a shopping place and a great place to people watch. Human energy is everywhere.”

Enjoy Mr. Katzenstein’s fabulous images, they might make you want to get a ticket to New York to bask in Grand Central Terminal’s unique New York energy.

Click here to see the entire THE URBAN LANDSCAPE: Grand Central Terminal series.

If you love Grand Central Terminal as much as I do, you will enjoy this article. Published by The Telegraph, it presents 100 fascinating facts about this legendary place.

– Rafael Esquer, alfalfastudio

© David Katzenstein

THE EYE OF PHOTOGRAPHY Features Roots of the Blues

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Junior Kimbrough – Holly Springs, Mississippi 1988

In the fall of 1988 and ’89, I made two trips to Arkansas and Mississippi with Robert Palmer, who was one of the country’s most respected writers and historians about the history of blues music. We were on assignment for Rolling Stone magazine, and because of Bob’s contacts we had important access to numerous musicians in the area.

Click here to view article in magazine

© David Katzenstein

In Memory of Yevtushenko

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Babi Yar – Kiev, Ukraine 2004 

 

Yevgeny Yevtushenko died on April 1, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Historically he was a Soviet era poet who transcended his time and place with powerful words. In 2004 I was on assignment in the Ukraine, and upon arriving in Kiev my first planned stop was to visit Babi Yar, a ravine located in the outskirts of the city where in September, 1941 was the site of massacres of over 33,000 Jews that took place over a two day period. It was now a tranquil forest surrounded by urban sprawl where memories of evil and sorrow lingered amongst the beautiful trees.

Excerpt from the 1961 poem Babi Yar:

There are no monuments over Babi Yar.

But the sheer cliff is like a rough tombstone.                                        

It horrifies me.                                                 

Today, I am as old As the Jewish people.                         

It seems to me now,                                                                  

That I, too, am a Jew.

Click here to read the entire poem

© David Katzenstein

Edge of Humanity Magazine Features Alexander Avenue Project

The Alexander Avenue Project is a collaboration between portrait artist R. Douglass Rice and photographer David Katzenstein. These artists have been friends and collaborators for over 20 years, and this is their current project about the people who make up the livelihood of one block on Alexander Avenue in the South Bronx. The artists spent two days on block where Doug Rice’s studio is located, meeting and photographing the neighborhood regulars.

The initial concept was for Katzenstein to create 10 portraits of individuals who inhabited the block and then Rice would use these images as inspiration in his painting process. Upon completion the artists returned to their subjects to share with them the their creations.

This project was completed in June, 2016.

To view the article click here

© David Katzenstein

THE EYE OF PHOTOGRAPHY Features I am a Muslim Too

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20170477-edit I am a Muslim Too rally in Times Square, NYC on Sunday, February 19, 2017

On Sunday, February 19, 2017 a couple thousand people gathered in Times Square to show their support for Muslims, who have been singled out by the Trump administration because of their faith. All types of people attended, from students to families to rappers to our mayor. The mood was hopeful, a gathering rather than a protest.

This series of photographs is part of Katzenstein’s ongoing project POLITICS & PROTEST

Click here to view article in magazine

© David Katzenstein

#OppositeDay

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I recently directed and filmed the 30 second spot #OppositeDay for Ill Eagle Marketing.
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Here is the Press Release:

President Trump has a habit of telling us the opposite of what is true, so this Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, has been declared the first #OppositeDay by Operation Orange, a collective of directors, writers, designers, developers, strategists, lawyers and accountants who are working to provide Americans with productive actions to protest President Trump.

“This Wednesday we invite everyone to follow the lead of the president and say the opposite of what is true,” said J. Kent Pepper, creative director at Ill Eagle Marketing and a collaborator on Operation Orange. “Our goal is not to mock the president, but to remind him the truth matters, and there is only one set of facts–except on Wednesday, when words will mean their opposite. On that day we’ll all have something in common with President Trump.”

Operation Orange announced #OppositeDay in a commercial that aired Feb. 17 on CNN and during FOX & Friends, because President Trump frequently watches that program. The spot features a succession of orange-clad citizens speaking directly to President Trump, telling him that at least on National Opposite Day “the words you utter will be true.”

The name Operation Orange was chosen to indicate a simple action Americans can take–wearing orange–to make their disapproval to the Trump administration obvious to those around them. It is also an act of solidarity with other like-minded Americans.

Operation Orange will be an ongoing series of actions that anyone can participate in to show opposition to President Trump and his agenda.

“The president needs to understand he is the president of all Americans, so it is his obligation to look out for the best interests of everyone,” Mr. Pepper added.

© David Katzenstein