Portraits of Nathan Kensinger © Nate Dorr Nathan Kensinger was born and raised in San Francisco, California, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores hidden urban landscapes, off-limits industrial structures, unnatural waterways, environmental disaster zones, coastal communities endangered by sea level rise and climate change, and other liminal spaces. His work encompasses photography, film, installation, curation and writing.

Kensinger’s photographs have been exhibited by the Museum of the City of New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Museum, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, the NYC Parks Department, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and in numerous galleries. His films have screened widely at film festivals, including Slamdance, Black Maria, Rooftop Films and SF IndieFest. He has presented talks about his work for Columbia University, New York University, the New School, and at many other colleges. His work has been featured by The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, PBS NewsHour, Wired and New York Magazine. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Brooklyn Library and the Museum of the City of New York.

Kensinger received his BA in Documentary Film from Hampshire College in 2001. His work has received grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Partnerships for Parks, The Hudson River Foundation and Rooftop Films, and support from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Parks & Recreation. He was previously the Director of Programming for the Brooklyn Film Festival (2010-2014) and is now curating Chance Ecologies (2015-present).

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  • All images © Nathan Kensinger 2016