Portraits of Nathan Kensinger © Nate Dorr Nathan Kensinger was born and raised in San Francisco, California, and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. He is an interdisciplinary artist 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 journalism.

Since 2003, Kensinger has created a series of photo essays, documentary films, video installations and public arts projects about New York City’s changing waterfront. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, Staten Island Museum, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, and in numerous galleries. His films have screened at museums and film festivals worldwide, including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Danish Film Institute, DOC NYC, Slamdance, and Rooftop Films. His work has been featured by The New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, PBS NewsHour, Wired, and Nature Climate Change. 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 been supported by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), New York City Council, Brooklyn Arts Council, Partnerships for Parks, Hudson River Foundation and Rooftop Films, and exhibited in collaboration with NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and Department of Parks & Recreation. He was previously a columnist at Curbed/Vox Media (2012-2020) and curator of Chance Ecologies (2015-2020), and is now a freelance environmental journalist at Gothamist/WNYC, New York City’s public radio station.

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