Dan Fenstermacher


Discover the Fine Art prints from Dan Fenstermacher’s series “From the Streets to the Dirt” and get a unique work of art from the best contemporary photographers.

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“From the Streets to the Dirt”

The compelling photo series, “From the Streets to the Dirt,” by Dan Fenstermacher chronicles the remarkable and transformative journey of Kwesi and Kurt as they transition from lives entrenched in adversity to embraced the care of six horses, twelve chickens, four goats, and three dogs, all while tending to their families.

Drawn to the cowboy lifestyle, they faced considerable adversity, encountering racism within the ranching industry and in their personal lives.

Despite these challenges, several individuals from Richmond, California, including police officers, ex-gang members, and former prison inmates, united in their purpose to build a ranch from scratch in Benicia, CA. Together, they found solace and a new direction in life by mentoring local youth through summer camps and exposing them to opportunities beyond the crime-ridden neighborhoods they once knew.

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From the streets to the dirt

A Tale of Resistance and Redemption

Through evocative images, “From the Streets to the Dirt” invites viewers to witness the transformative power of perseverance and unity. The photographic series by Dan Fenstermacher culminates in a triumphant scene, where Kwesi and Kurt celebrate their first-place win in the Relay Race at the prestigious Bill Picket Rodeo held in Los Angeles, CA, in July 2022.

This inspiring visual narrative of “From the Streets to the Dirt” illustrates the profound impact of determination and hope on the lives of those who choose to rise above their circumstances and embrace new horizons.

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Eyeshot Magazine #10 | Open Call Edition

This is the tenth issue of Eyeshot Magazine always in limited edition of 500 copies, showcasing the thoughtful and creative photographs of the 70 talented photographers who have been selected as the winners, jurors’ picks and finalists of the Eyeshot Open Call 2022. The artworks were chosen from over 6000 photographssubmitted from more than 100 different countries, making this a truly global showcase of street and documentary photography.

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The Photographer

Dan Fenstermacher is an internationally recognized photographer merging documentary storytelling, and street photography. Raised in Seattle, WA, Dan Fenstermacher pursued his passion for photography and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Idaho and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from San Jose State University. Dan Fenstermacher’s distinctive style incorporates both activism and humor, adding depth and nuance to his images.

With a wealth of photographic experience spanning four continents, Dan has held various roles, including working with Apex Advertising in Accra, Ghana, serving as a portrait photographer in Sydney, Australia, and teaching as a Professor of Fine Arts at Xiangfan University in Hubei, China. In addition, he has participated as an artist-in-residence in San Ramon, Costa Rica, culminating in a solo exhibition at the esteemed Museo de San Ramon.

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Eyeshot Open Call 2022: Showcasing Global Talents

The 2022 Eyeshot Open Call saw the submission of over 6.000 photographs by incredibly talented photographers from over 100 different countries. With the participation on an extraordinary jury composed of Marco Savarese, founder and editor-in-chief of Eyeshot, Magnum photographers such as Trent Parke and Emin Özmen, leading representatives of street and documentary photography scene – Vineet Vohra, Siegfried Hansen, Koci Hernandez , Mark Abramson and Isadora Kosofsky – and winners of the World Press Photo Award – Narelle Autio and Kitra Cahana – these artworks were selected for their visual storytelling, creativity, and style in conveying their unique observations of contemporary reality.

Street and documentary photography feel the urgency to elevate the streets of the world into theaters without requiring humans to perform. In front of each of these images, you can mirror yourself. Or you can also just look at them.


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