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 artist and journalist 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 15 years, Kensinger has created a series of public arts projects, photo essays, documentary films, and video installations about New York City’s changing landscape. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York, Queens Museum, Brooklyn 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 National Museum of Cinema in Italy, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Danish Film Institute in Copenhagen, DOC NYC, Slamdance, and Rooftop Films. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, New York Times, PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio, and Wired. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of the City of New York, Brooklyn Historical Society, and Brooklyn Library.

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, and Hudson River Foundation, and exhibited in collaboration with NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and Department of Parks & Recreation. He previously wrote a column of waterfront photo essays for Curbed/Vox Media (2012-2020) and curated post-industrial public artworks for Chance Ecologies (2015-2020), and is now an environmental journalist, with bylines at Gothamist/WNYC, New York City’s public radio station.

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