David Guttenfelder

National Geographic Photojournalist and Explorer. Represented by @natgeoimagecollection. Mobile phone only on my Instagram.

@Viennadog is perched in the lobby of St. Paul’s Fitzgerald Theater while waiting for its owner/ the venue’s lighting director after a show. Vienna (a rescue dog who dresses in a jean jacket) is one of many reliably memorable things about the 109-year-old Fitzgerald Theater. @thefitzgeraldtheater , Thank you for the great shows, the communities you bring together, and for long-hosting Nat Geo Live events. On stage last night was fellow photographer and friend @amivitale.
Kristian Matsson, The Tallest Man On Earth, lets loose on stage in St. Paul. @spkmatsson
Today, the world begins a solemn commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide and the lives of 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus, slaughtered 25 years ago. In 1994 I made this picture of a Rwandan man, reaching under a door in a psychiatric hospital and trying to free himself from solitary confinement where he’d been locked by fellow patients after allegedly stealing from the facility’s limited supply of food. During the killing and chaos of the 100 days of genocide, hospital staff were gone and patients, both ethnic Tutsi and Hutu, were left to care for themselves. Ironically, the hospital was one of the few places remaining where Hutu and Tutsi continued to live side by side. In April 1994, I was working for a community newspaper in small town USA (Iowa) and watched the news of Rwandan killings with horror. Millions more refugees were streaming over the border into neighboring DRC and Tanzania, where 2 years before I had been a foreign exchange student of Swahili. Hoping to contribute something, Cassy and I quit our jobs, packed our bags and moved to Eastern Africa, where I stayed on the continent for the rest of my 20s. It was an overwhelming, humbling start of my work and purpose that continues 25 years on. I join in mourning for Rwanda today, though it is very painful to remember what was committed there and what I witnessed. But I also can’t forget the most spirited, toughest, most resilient, people I’ve ever met in my life.
Frozen Minneapolis, MN. Winter here can feel like a slow-motion natural disaster. But the weather here also brings people together and makes community in ways I didn’t expect. Loving the Twin Cities.
A portrait of David Huckfelt, whose beautiful debut solo record, Stranger Angels, was released today. Link in my bio. @david_huckfelt wrote the songs for Stranger Angels while living alone in a remote cabin on Lake Superior’s Isle Royale during an artist-in-residence stay for the National Park Service. This portrait I made of David was superimposed with a photograph he shot through his island cabin window. Inspired by the book Signs Of Your Identity, David asked @dzalcman , who uses multiple exposure photographs in her documentary work, to use our pictures and to build the final image for his new record. David is a founding member of the transcendental folk band The Pines @the_pines. Like me, he’s based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has small town Iowa roots. Please have a listen to Stranger Angels and see David live the next time his tour comes to your city.
#NatGeo100Contest . @Natgeo has hit 100 million followers! To mark this moment, they’re having a photo contest for the next 24 hours. To submit, simply post your most Nat Geo-inspired photo on your own feed using the hashtag #NatGeo100Contest . The top 10 photos will be posted on @natgeo and the winner gets a photo trip to Tanzania. Good luck! For me, I’ll mark this milestone by sharing the most “liked” picture I’ve posted to the @natgeo account. Surprisingly, it’s not a picture I made in North Korea, Afghanistan, or another far-flung place I’ve been blessed to travel to and photograph for National Geographic. Instead it’s a quiet scene, photographed with my phone, in the backyard of my big sister’s family farm in rural Iowa.
For Valentine’s Day, we met Shane Burcaw & Hannah Aylward at their Minnesota home, listened as they read their love letters, and made pictures & video of their daily life together to help tell their inspiring story for @instagram ’s feed, stories and IGTV. The video has now reached over 12 million views. Please take a moment to watch on @instagram ’s IGTV channel and send some love back to @shaneburcaw and @hannahayl , a couple determined to help educate us all and to normalize inter-abled relationships. 🙏🏼 to the team @alinagrosman @hannahcecillle @tylermetcalfe @forrestemmett
Driving home with the radio on. Support your public radio stations @thecurrent @minnesotapublicradio ( Song by @xboygeniusx )
The annual Luminary Loppet (Minnesota’s frozen version of Burning Man) winter festival on the ice of Minneapolis’ Lake of the Isles tonight.
Tokyo, Oedo-sen
Bus driver. Wakayama, Japan.
Tokushima, Japan
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