David Ottenstein PhotographyDavid Ottenstein Photography


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The National Parks Seen: Two Views, photographs by David Ottenstein and Robert Lisak. Opening Reception Sunday December 4, 2:00-5:00pm at the gallery at EleMar New England, 2 Gibbs St, New Haven

Industrial Photographs at mActivity, 285 Nicoll St, New Haven, now through November 2016.

David's work is available for viewing at the Olson-Larsen Galleries in West Des Moines, Iowa. His work can also be seen at Caseus, on the corner of Whitney Avenue and Trumbull Street in New Haven.

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Review of current National Parks exhibit

December 16th, 2016

The New Haven Independent’s Arts editor, Brian Slattery, has written a thoughtful and informative review of The National Parks Seen: Two Views, my current show with Robert Lisak at the EleMar Gallery in New Haven. Read the review here. “The National Parks Seen: Two Views” is on exhibit at the gallery at EleMar New England, 2 […]

Opening Reception for The National Parks Seen: Two Views

November 22nd, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION Sunday December 4th, 2:00 – 5:00pm at The Gallery at EleMar, New Haven

The National Parks Seen: Two Views, next exhibit coming soon!

November 1st, 2016

My next photo exhibit is another joint effort with Robert Lisak. We’ll be showing our work from National Parks at the Gallery at EleMar New England in The National Parks Seen: Two Views. The Opening Reception is Sunday, December 4 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The Gallery is in New Haven at 2 Gibbs St. […]

CWOS: State Capitols project exhibit this weekend

October 27th, 2016

Robert Lisak and I will be exhibiting photographs from Capitol America, our book project on State Capitol buildings. We’ll be in Robert’s Erector Square studio as part of City Wide Open Studios in Building 7, 2nd floor, Studio 1. Saturday and Sunday October 29-30, 2016 from noon to 6:00 each day.


David Ottenstein has worked as a free-lance photographer in New Haven, CT since 1982 and is a member of the Professional Photographers of America. His commercial work includes architectural, product, editorial and people photography on location and in the studio. His clients have ranged from high tech corporations to non-profit organizations that provide social services.

David’s strong interest in American history and culture is reflected in his fine art/documentary work. This interest has led him to photograph interiors of decaying industrial buildings in the northeast U.S., to the Midwest, and more recently, to the mountains and Great Plains of the American West. Photographs from these projects are part of the Western Americana Collection at Yale University’s Beinecke Library, the Permanent Collection of Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of American Art, Kansas City, Missouri, the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT, the Palmer Museum of Art at the Pennsylvania State University, the Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa, and numerous other institutional and private collections.

David grew up in the small Pennsylvania town of State College where, at 14 years old, he picked up a camera and was immediately hooked. He received a degree from Yale University in 1982 in American Studies with a concentration in Photography.

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