GOING DOWN: Private Moments in a Public Space

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I created a series of private moments of people in a public environment, on a very busy set of escalators in a New York City mall. From a particular heightened vantage point I was able to localize individuals or groups of people as they made their descent, creating what seems like ‘film stills’ – reflective moments captured in time and space. Each image has a story behind it for the viewer to fill in the blanks. These photographs are part of a larger ongoing project entitled The Urban Landscape.

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© David Katzenstein

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HAPPY 2016!

Times Square New Years Eve 2013

USO Show Troupe Performing in Times Square

A happy and healthy New Year from Times Square, the heart of New York City

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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: Russia

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Not long after the Berlin Wall came down I was given an assignment by a new arts/culture magazine to travel with Russian novelist David Gurevich to Moscow and spend a week documenting the day-to-day workings of Mosfilm, Russia’s equivalent to Hollywood – where films like The Battleship Potemkin were created (in 1925). The scene depicted in this photograph was taken within the first hour of my arrival at the arcane and cavernous studios, where different films were being produced simultaneously on different sound stages throughout the many buildings. This young actress was on a cigarette break on set in between unknown scenes of arguments and nudity. The rest of the week was spent running around the ex-Soviet metropolis with actors, directors, and models, always protected by our driver who knew where the next good meal and bottle of vodka could be procured.

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50/50: Morocco

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The first assignment I landed from Rolling Stone Magazine was like a dream come true. I was to travel to a remote village in Morocco with the famed music writer Robert Palmer and spend a week documenting the lives of The Master Musicians of Jajouka, a group that traced its musical heritage back centuries to the royal court in Rabat. On top of that the renowned jazz composer and pianist Randy Weston and his quintet were also part of the mix. My favorite part of the journey was accompanying Robert Palmer as he retraced his steps back to the village of the musicians, a bucolic setting nestled in a valley in the Rif Mountains. I love the juxtaposition between the subject and dog in this village scene.

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50/50: India

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India is a magical place that I have had the opportunity to visit on numerous occasions. My first trip was on assignment for the fashion magazine Mirabella to travel concurrently with the novelist Susanna Moore, and we would both give our impressions of India. We began our journey in the southern city of Cochin and worked our way north. Once we arrived in Delhi I was on my own, so I planned a trip to Agra where the famed Taj Mahal sits majestically on the banks of the Yamura river. On the way I stopped off in the bustling town of Vrindivan, the birthplace of Krishna. While walking down a narrow alley I heard a large group of women chanting and looked for an entrance, following the sounds. I turned into an inner covered courtyard, walking into a scene out of a dream – hundreds of Krishna Widows were following their leader in song.

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