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, forgotten waterways, environmental disasters, and coastal communities endangered by sea level rise and climate change. His work encompasses photography, film, installation, curation and writing.

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 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, and in numerous galleries. His films have screened at film festivals worldwide, including Slamdance, DOC NYC, Rooftop Films, Black Maria, and Fantasia. He has presented talks about his work for Columbia University, New York University, the New School, and many other colleges. His work has been featured by The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, PBS NewsHour, Wired, New York Magazine, 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 received grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Partnerships for Parks, The Hudson River Foundation, Waterfront Alliance, and Rooftop Films, and support from New York’s Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Parks & Recreation, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and City Council. He was previously the Director of Programming for the Brooklyn Film Festival (2010-2014) and is now curating Chance Ecologies (2015-present).

View CV

  • All images © Nathan Kensinger 2021