PLACES: 20 Art - Music Videos: NYC, 2011: from David Rapoport on Vimeo.

Arts, entertainment, and education: New York City: my favorite places, geographic and historical references (2011), abstract, experimental, re-interpretation, subject, balance, questioning what is visible, entertainment, sounds, the known, and the unknown.

New York City is some other kind of universe. It is depicted as something completely different. In some mystical perception, everything that we see (and know), becomes light, infinite space, or consciousness. I encourage you to: use your imagination, and re-create the vision.

There are 20 episodes to this series.

David Rapoport (BIO): is a self-promoting photographer, artist, musician, and video artist, who has been creating photo-documentary, digital art, and portraits on his own, since 1978.

Mr. Rapoport believes in making art for the sake of itself. To him, the process is far better than the successes, and the recognition is secondary. The satisfaction to make and show art is equally as important as its ability to sell.

David graduated from the School of Visual Arts (2009), in the Masters of Fine Arts Program for Photography, Video and Related Media. He is also a graduated from NYU with a BFA in Film and Television Production (1982). David has been using computers for photography, video, and art for over 33 years.

The person behind the camera affects the landscape that he or she sees. If the photographer or artist were not present, the image would be markedly different. We influence everything around us, and the resulting ‘difference’ will be that moment captured: the ‘life’ that the camera sees. This is also true about what a person hears, if it is sounds, music, or the spoken voice.

In 1970, David’s father gave him a Pentax SLR camera as a gift, on his 10th birthday. The camera required a handheld meter, which required him to learn and have an understanding of light readings and exposure. He had a darkroom in the basement of his house, where he learned to process black and white film, and make photographic prints. When he was 13, he received his first professional camera. He learned how to take pictures in Performing Arts Camp: Usdan.

In 1974, David acquired an amateur Advanced Class Radio-telephone license from the FCC and built his own radio transmitter from scratch in summer camp.

In 1978, David learned color photography at NYU and processed C-prints in a drum. He also experimented with Cibachromes.

In 1982, David took to video as an experimental application. David was inspired when Nam June Paik lectured a video class at NYU, taught by Barbara London.

In 1983, David created experimental soundtracks for his photographic material, in slideshows on VHS video. He later created abstract music videos as part of process.

In 1984, David took a course on computer animation (programming), at NYU, on an Apple Lisa in Fortran.

David has exhibited, mostly in New York City, in more than several solo shows.

Instructors: Charles Traub (American), Silvio Wolf (Italian) Elinor Carucci (Israeli), Ed Bowes (American), Peter Homitzky (American), Lyle Rexer (American), Barbara London (American), Marvin Heifermen (American), Andrew Moore (American), Mary Patierno (American), Zoe Strauss (American) Randy West (American) Photographer, Stephen Gaffney (American), Chris Callis (American), Amresh Sinha (Indian), Katrin Eismann (American), Kiki Bauer (German), Carol Dragon (American), George Tice (American), Douglas Faulkner (American), Michael Foley (American), Dennis Galante (American), Paul Owen (American), Mark Chernichaw (American), Dr. David Sirota (American), Bruce Rasmussen (American), Claudia Sohrens (German), Gabe Greenberg (American), and Laurence Gartel. (American), and Robert Frank (Swiss).

Click here for David's resume (pdf format).

Very special thanks to my GuruDev (H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Art of Living founder), Charles Traub, SVA, and Illy Brand Coffee.

© 2011 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

SMALL TOWN PROJECT: from David Rapoport on Vimeo.

FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY: I created these video photo-essays about (the concept of) quality of life in certain specific places. I explore why this is significant. Tthe cultures that exist here and there, and the importance of lifestyles of the people who reside in these towns, are investigated.

People who do things in their own way offer us a glimpse into something unknown to us, with tremendous value for society, and humankind.

My realizations were made through stream of consciousness, and conscious awareness. I offer the viewer: something new and different. These places could not exist without those people who live there.

09:42. THIS PLACE: from the SMALL TOWN PROJECT: series: This video is about a place in New York. This work is a photo-slideshow of fine art street photographs (2014-6). I added narration (commentary), and original guitar music, by David Rapoport.

Special thanks to GuruDev (JGD), Robert, Charles, Shelly, Silvio, Elinor, Paul, Mark, David, NYU, and SVA.

© 2016 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

NEW YORK as THEME PARK: from David Rapoport on Vimeo.


Artworks. This is New York, the way you always wanted it to be. This series happened as a result of some unexpected, dissipation of energy, on paper.

PROCESS / IDEA: It came about randomly, but also systematically:I started as 35mm still film images.

The beginning stages were embellished, with art materials. Somehow, I envisioned what the results would be before the works were completed, specifically: while I was in the process of constructing them.

This premonition was the theme park. The visual information about harmony, and the city that is bigger than life.

This interpretation of the urban landscape was created to make others feel more alive, using my personal mind associations of my feelings about the place. Dare I use the word: spiritual, about this work?

SPECIFICS: THEME PARK: original (finished) artworks: on paper: each one is 20.25x16.25 inches in size.

Special thanks to GuruDev, Robert, Peter H., Peter, Arne, Silvio, Elinor, Julie, SVA, and Art Students League.

© 2015 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

David Rapoport: TRIPLE ALBUM: from David Rapoport on Vimeo.

David Rapoport: TRIPLE ALBUM:

18 new versions of (my original) old songs, that I rediscovered while listening a portable HD audio player: in the exact order that they played at that time.

Trailer: Excerpts from:

Part (Side) 01: 01- In that Magic: (Special thanks to Vado Diomande for his sampled drum sounds), and: Part (Side) 06: 18- Wondering.

It is amazing how the world can effect so many big emotions in me, and totally move me to create.

This collection of songs is about my past. It is also about the gift. It is 100 percent: heart and soul. It is mostly from the subconscious: stream of consciousness. It is about relating in all possible ways.

Late at night, I played my LP’s on my stereo, while watching TV, with no sound. The horizontal and vertical hold was set to distort the picture. We would listen, listen, watch, and watch.

The songs, and visuals that I create evolve, and they are ever-changing. This is the nature of the art. There are six parts to this recording. Each part represents an album side. Six album sides make up a triple record set.

I hope that you enjoy David Rapoport: TRIPLE ALBUM: JGD.

Song List:

Part (Side) 01: 01- In that Magic (12:16): (Special thanks to Vado Diomande for his sampled drum sounds). 02- Amazing Grace (03:24)

Part (Side) 02: 03- West Village Song (27:01)

Part (Side) 03: 04- Electric Chorale (You are the One) (05:42) 05- Self (10:00) - (Special thanks to Toru Hoshino and Osamu Fukuzaki for sampled sounds). 06- Song for SHIVA (Short Version) (03:45) 07- A Prayer (05:16)

Part (Side) 04: 08- Anne (04:09) 09- Hare Narayana Hare (Multi-track Version) 10- Hare Narayana Hare (Solo/Duet Version) (Special thanks to Deena Granowetter for playing cello on this track) (05:00) 11- Jazz Song (15:20)

Part (Side) 05: 12- Just Fooling Around (02:54) 13- Bakery Song (05:06) 14- People (08:06) 15- Please Forgive Me (Set You Free) (12:06)

Part (Side) 06: 16- Sophie (04:15) 17- This Little Light of Mine (05:15) 18- Wondering (03:35)

Special thanks to: GuruDev (for His great wisdom, spirituality, and inspiration - JGD), Shelly, Robert, Charles, R. M. Fund, Laraaji, Herman, J. Uttal, Bob, Aram, Fred, Manish, John, Bobby, and George.

© 2016 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


05:56. Photography and Art: THE COMMUNICATION: The perception: and relating to people, as light. Photography as 99% fantasy. Photography as 99% fantasy. The photograph is like a a magic trick: we see, but it is mostly about what we do not see, or what is hidden from view: and this is the grand illusion of it.

It can also be about cosmic energy, some kind of mental perception, lightness, sensibility, or energy in motion. I believe that photography sees differently than we do, and this is the fascination of it for me. We begin to notice a difference: in the camera eye, and how we would visualize the subject, if we were actually there. This reality shift is the METAPHYSICS: contained in these portraits.

WHAT I SEEK (I want to achieve): 1) some other intelligence, 2) state of awareness, 3) sense of clarity, 4) a broader vision, 5) a better sensibility of things, 6) a bigger fascination, 7) knowledge and wisdom, 8) a more positive world, 9) a sense of openness, 11) abundance, and 12) spiritual love.

My aspirations for all of these attributes are a major part of what I do. For me, this process is ultimately about fulfillment: for the artist, and also for the viewer. I want to work, and improve the lives of other people: I make photographs to serve others. This is how I see it.

SPECIFICS: THEME PARK: original (finished) artworks: on paper: each one is 8x10, 20.25x16.25, or 20.25x30.25 inches in size.

Special thanks to GuruDev (JGD), Robert, Peter H., Peter, Arne, Silvio, Elinor, Julie, Paul, NYU, SVA, and Art Students League.

© 2015 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.