Portraits of Nathan Kensinger © Nate Dorr Nathan Kensinger (b. San Francisco, CA) is an artist and journalist based in Brooklyn, New York whose work explores hidden urban landscapes, post-industrial ecologies, forgotten waterways, environmental contamination, and coastal communities endangered by sea level rise and climate change. His work encompasses photography, film, installation, curation and writing.

Over the past 20 years, Kensinger has created a series of public arts projects, photo essays, documentary films, and video installations about New York City’s changing waterfront. His photographs have been exhibited by the Museum of the City of New York, Queens Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Staten Island Museum, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, and numerous galleries. His films have been screened internationally at museums and film festivals, including the National Museum of Cinema in Italy, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Danish Film Institute, Ministry of Culture of Peru, and at DOC NYC, Rooftop Films, and Slamdance. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, New York Times, PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio, and the National Climate Assessment.

Kensinger’s work has been supported by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), New York City Council, Brooklyn Arts Council, Partnerships for Parks, and Hudson River Foundation, and exhibited in collaboration with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Parks & Recreation, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

Kensinger previously wrote Camera Obscura, a column of photo essays for Curbed/Vox Media (2012-2020) and curated post-industrial public artworks for Chance Ecologies (2015-2020). He is currently an independent journalist, with bylines at various publications including Gothamist/WNYC – New York City’s public radio station. He is a Senior Fellow at the New York City College of Technology’s Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center.

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