DISTANT JOURNEYS: Cracks in the Wall

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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

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Worldviews: Ritual featured in ON ART AND AESTHETICS

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Krishna Widows – Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India  1995

A selection of images from my longterm project about ritual was recently featured on the online arts magazine ON ART AND AESTHETICS.

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© David Katzenstein

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

Good Friday Procession – Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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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

Edge of Humanity Magazine Features Distant Journeys

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A selection of photographs from my project Distant Journeys is being featured in the current issue of the online magazine Edge of Humanity.

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© David Katzenstein

Edge of Humanity Magazine Features Mexico

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children – Oaxaca, Mexico

@EDGEofHUMANITY Magazine features portfolio of photographs from Mexico.

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© David Katzenstein

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

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Firefighters -The Firemen’s Memorial, New York City

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15th Anniversary 9/11 ceremony atThe Firemen’s Memorial
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© David Katzenstein

Edge of Humanity Magazine Features Bondo Women

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A selection of photographs from my project Bondo Women is being featured in the current issue of the online magazine Edge of Humanity.

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© David Katzenstein

Edge of Humanity Magazine Features Rituals

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A selection of photographs from Katzenstein’s longterm project World Views: Rituals is being featured in the current issue of the online magazine Edge of Humanity.

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© David Katzenstein

50/50: Spain

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While traveling through Southern Spain I was taken as a guest to a bullfight at the Plaza de Toros de Murcia, in the capital of the state of La Manga. The packed crowd of 15,000 spectators waited with anticipation for the festivities to begin. At the conclusion of the main event the victorious Matadors paraded around the ring carrying large loaves of decorative bread and bouquets of flowers, as they tipped their Monteras (hats) to the crowd. One feisty bull actually survived the duel and was spared his life. The rest of the carcasses were carted off out of the stadium to nearby butcher shops eagerly awaiting the prized animals.

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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