David Ottenstein PhotographyDavid Ottenstein Photography


Documentary​/​Fine Art



Capitol America, my photographic project with friend and colleague, Robert Lisak, is on view at the New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., through June 30, 2017.

David's work is available for viewing at the Olson-Larsen Galleries in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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Radio interview with Daniel Fitzmaurice on Artbeat

February 20th, 2017

Daniel Fitzmaurice interviewed David Ottenstein and Robert Lisak about their exhibit “Capitol America” at the New Haven Museum

Capitol America Opening Reception

February 19th, 2017

The opening reception for Capitol America at the New Haven Museum was Thursday, January 26, 2017

Capitol America at the New Haven Museum

January 27th, 2017

Capitol America is now on view at the New Haven Museum

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 […]


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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