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

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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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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

50/50: Senegal

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Sacred trees abound in Africa and I was fortunate to be able to pay a visit to a famous gigantic baobab in Touba’s Mbal neighborhood during my project documenting the annual Murid pilgrimage to this sacred city in central Senegal. During the pilgrimage Touba expands in all directions as the population grows to over four million people. It is said that Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba, the founder of the Murid Brotherhood, had prayed here, and pilgrims line up to enter the natural mosque. The woman proudly stands in the center of the large and ancient cavity framed by the knotty window. This was a moment worth traveling days for, a distillation of the spirit that abounds during these holy times.

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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,