David Ottenstein PhotographyDavid Ottenstein Photography


Documentary​/​Fine Art



City Wide Open Studios, Erector Square weekend, Oct. 29-30, 2016, noon-6:00. State Capitols project with Robert Lisak. Building 7, 2nd floor, Studio 1.

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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New Haven Independent article about my current show

March 17th, 2016

The New Haven Independent has posted an article about my current show, “Night”

Upcoming Exhibit: ‘Night’ at Da Silva Gallery, New Haven

January 24th, 2016

‘Night’, opens at the Da Silva Gallery in New Haven on Friday, March 4, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

I’m on Instagram

January 23rd, 2016

Follow me on Instagram! @davidottphoto

New photos added!

February 24th, 2014

I’ve posted lots of new photographs on my website.


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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