EDGE OF HUMANITY Magazine Features I Was There


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.

To view the article click here

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

© David Katzenstein


THE EYE OF PHOTOGRAPHY Features I am a Muslim Too



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



I recently directed and filmed the 30 second spot #OppositeDay for Ill Eagle Marketing.
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

I am a Muslim Too



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

To see portfolio of the rally click here

© David Katzenstein

Think About It



“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



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

Islam in Africa Project featured in Harvard Divinity Bulletin


Learn more about the Islam in Africa project here

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Bill de Blasio – Hospitals. Not Condos. Rally


On August 19 I attended a Bill de Blasio rally Hospitals. Not Condos that took place across the street from the construction site where St. Vincents Hospital once stood, in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. As the crowd gathered prior to the candidates arrival I noticed representatives from all walks of life, from students to hospital workers to doctors to a large contingency of the press corps. de Blasio spoke with candor and commitment and was backed up by a triumvirate of celebrity activists – Harry Belafonte, Susan Sarandon and Cynthia Nixon.

See more images from the rally

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