A photographic journey to a sacred place

The collection of photographs presented in Outside Motel Lorraine: A Journey to a Sacred Place is part of David KatzensteinThe world’s largest body of work where each photograph sparkles with color and sound. Rooting his compositions in his process, Katzenstein proposes to discover the image by discreetly positioning yourself at a privileged vantage point to capture a moment in time. Gliding invisibly through and around the landscape, David peers into the natural and architectural boundaries that frame the environment while focusing his gaze on life as it unfolds. Moving his body and camera side to side, up and down, and an inch or two at a time, he chooses a position that will provide a dynamic perspective of his subjects in space and time. The strong geometric relationships of vertical, diagonal and horizontal elements are interspersed with colorful groupings of people whose gestures, postures and expressions are reflected in the picture plane. Bathed in shadow and light, Katzenstein’s photography bristles with energy and emotion.

Pilgrimage is a central theme in the work of David Katzenstein. In 2017, the artist sets out to discover a new story, one that speaks of the quiet moments of a fragmented memory resonating with reverence and reflection, absence and loss, floating above hope and reality. Arriving at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, Katzenstein came across a sacred place where families and individuals, friends and strangers come to experience their personal connection within the collective narrative, the shared human experience.

Traveling locally and from every corner of the globe, the contemporary civil rights pilgrim comes face to face with scholarly history, changing assumptions surrounding personal and collective identity, responsibility and accountability while simultaneously paying homage to the legacy of the brave citizens who laid the foundations. for today’s human rights campaigns.

The power of documentary photography is rooted in the authenticity of time and place. The Lorraine Motel Marquis continues to serve as a beacon, welcoming visitors from around the world. Iconic and symbolic, it anchors our experience in time and memory as we confront our shared cultural history.

Gay Feldman, exhibition curator

Outside Lorraine: David Katzenstein: A Photographic Journey to a Sacred Place
April 10, 2021 – April 4, 2022
The National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, TN 38103

Michael E. Marquez