CLIMATE STRIKE NYC – 9/20/2019

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On Friday, September 20 crowds filled Foley Square and the streets around City Hall. Groups of young students carried signs and eventually marched downtown to Battery Park to hear the words of Greta Thunberg.

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David + Gay

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© David Katzenstein

THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE: Politics & Protest

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International Women’s Day – New York City 2017

This series of portraits of women were taken on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, when women all over the world celebrated International Women’s Day in many different ways. In New York City the festivities began at noon in midtown Manhattan, on the corner of 59th Street and Fifth Avenue. As the organizers spoke the crowd continued to stream in from different directions, carrying signs and chanting in unison their solidarity with women’s rights everywhere. Spirits were high as women congregated with signs in groups, cheering on each speaker. At the conclusion of the rally, the organizers announced that all participants should now march along Central Park South towards the Trump Hotel. That is where the event morphed into a 1960’s style protest documented in the next series.

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Think About It

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On the one year anniversary let’s remember who we really are as a country!

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

        – Abraham Lincoln 

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© David Katzenstein

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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During these unsettling times, it is important to remember and celebrate the importance of
Dr. King, both the man and his message.

The National Civil Rights Museum is housed at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. On the fateful evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray while he relaxed with friends on the balcony outside of room 306. For this series of photographs I was interested in exploring the visitor’s experience outside the museum when they first arrived, and the power of the historical visual elements that greeted them before they entered the building.

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EDGE OF HUMANITY Magazine Features I Was There

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A selection of photographs from Katzenstein’s long project I Was There: The Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump is being featured in the current issue of the online magazine Edge of Humanity.

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I was there is part of a larger ongoing project POLITICS & PROTEST

© 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

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#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.

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I am a Muslim Too

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

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Think About It

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“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

        – Abraham Lincoln 

To see portfolio of three days in Washington DC (January 19-21, 2017) click here

 

© David Katzenstein

50/50: South Africa

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As the end of apartheid was approaching I was sent by Rolling Stone Magazine to photograph the white activist musician Johnny Clegg, who mixed Zulu infused rhythms with his protest lyrics. When I completed the three day shoot in Johannesburg, I asked my newfound friend Dudu Zulu (Clegg’s dancing partner for many years) if I could pay a short visit to his home in Zululand. My idea was to photograph Dudu dancing in costume in his native setting. Tugela Ferry was a six-hour drive southeast from the city. When I arrived at Dudu’s, I walked into his house to find him playing cards with three friends. When reminded of my idea he instructed the small group to return tomorrow to ‘dance for David’. To my amazement, the next afternoon over 200 men, women and children arrived in full regalia and the festivities began. All I can say is that if you heard one hundred Zulu warriors chanting their war songs as they approached your village you would run for your life.

Read more about the 50/50 project here

View Zululand 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, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Oman, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Singapore