50/50: Indonesia



When I got the assignment from a magazine to travel to Bali to spend two weeks documenting the culture through its rich history of music and dance I was ecstatic. After a long trip to get there I parked myself in a small guesthouse in Ubud, situated in the upland hills in the center of the island and surrounded by rivers and rice fields, away from the throngs of beach seekers that fly in daily and fill the tourist centers on the south coast. There was a lot to explore and one day I came across this scene of actors preparing for an outdoor midday concert of theatre, music and dance. The crowd was local and the participants were farmers on their lunch break.

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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


Review of Bronx Portraits in WSJ

Small-Town Americana and Far-Flung Adventure

By William Meyers

David Katzenstein: Bronx Portraits: 2003 + 2012

Bronx Museum of the Arts 
1040 Grand Concourse, (718) 681-6000 
Through April 7

Jane Addams Vocational High School, according to recent statistics, has a student body of 1,279 members, of which 97.9% are minorities; 81% to 90% are from households that receive public assistance; and only 52% graduate. A decade ago, the school was awarded a small grant that allowed it to stage “Grease,” its first musical and one that was relevant to the teenagers involved. The director asked David Katzenstein to document the production, and 23 of his color portraits of cast members are on display, as well as 11 portraits he took when the cast was reassembled in 2012. The before and after pictures are the most interesting, revealing the changes made by time.

Happily, from what one can tell looking at their pictures, the cast members who returned are doing well. Raymond seems more relaxed, cheerier. Samuel matured considerably. Channon is wearing the same gold cross, but her outfit is more sophisticated. Ibrahim now has tattoos on his forearms, Michael took off his do-rag and Tanisha took off her glasses, although she has the same sweet smile before and after. One wonders about those who did not return. 

—Mr. Meyers writes on photography for the Journal. See his work at williammeyersphotography.com.

Bronx Portraits Exhibitions in NYTs article about Bronx Museum


Bronx Portraits Exhibitions in New York Times article about Bronx Museum

In the Bronx, Where Art Is Still Free


Published: March 6, 2013

The museum’s collection includes works by Vito Acconci, and by Ero (Dominique Philbert), a graffiti artist from the Bronx. A current photography show pairs David Katzenstein’s portraits of students from a Bronx high school, striking a pose in 2003, and then the same people in the same pose nine years later. Also on display are Mr. Katzenstein’s photographs of Valerie Capers, a jazz musician and educator from the neighborhood.

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Bronx Portraits on NY1

Bronx Portraits on NY1 from David Katzenstein on Vimeo.

Bronx Portraits

The show still goes on: Jane Addams HS students get photo exhibit nine years after performing in ‘Grease’ – NY Daily News article