Katzenstein said, “I was both intrigued and exhilarated by the raw energy of the students, and wondered over the years how this experience had affected each of their lives.”
This past spring Ross and Katzenstein organized a reunion of the original cast, giving the photographer the chance to create new images of the former students in the same locations from nine years ago and to interview them about how being in this show had affected their lives.
Bronx Portraits: 2003 + 2012 includes 11 "before & after" portrait diptychs, 12 stand-alone photographic portraits and text drawn from video interviews made during the reunion (the videos are online at http://www.davidkatzenstein.com).
“The project has proved to be a remarkable and enlightening experience for all and is a testament of t he importance that art plays in the shaping of young peoples lives,” Katzenstein said.
For the past 30 years Katzenstein has traveled throughout the world documenting numerous cultures and capturing the moments in between. One of his long-term interests has been the integration of ritual into society in places as diverse as Egypt, India, Cuba, Senegal, Mexico and France. He currently has a traveling exhibition entitledIslam in Africa: A Pilgrimage to Touba, Senegal, that will next be mounted at Connecticut College in January 2013, and is collaborating with photographer Sherrie Nickol on a large project entitled The Citizen Project photographing to date over 2500 people in our New York City.
To view online: http://davidkatzenstein.com/#/
Concurrent with Bronx Portraits 2003+2012 the Bronx Museum is also presenting Valerie Capers: A Portrait, an exhibition of Katzenstein's photographs of Bronx jazz pianist Dr. Valerie Capers created over 17 years of her career.
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