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Harold Feinstein was born in Coney Island in 1931 and began his photography career in 1946 at age 15.

Within four short years, Edward Steichen, an early supporter, had purchased his work for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

He joined the Photo League at 17 and became a prominent figure of the early New York City street photography scene and one of the original inhabitants of the legendary “jazz loft”.

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Recently Discovered

Man in the mirror, Philadelphia, 1964 

This was taken around the same time as Beauty parlor window. Harold was living and teaching in Philadelphia. He had marked it on the original contact sheet with an intention to come back to it. But as is often the case, life moved on and it got left behind — until Ted Forbes’ (The Art of Photography) wife, Nicole Stutzman, commented on it when she visited the studio in 2014. It was one of the many images in the queue to be printed when Harold left us in June.

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News

Feinstein photographs on view at FotoFever in Paris, November 13-15

Nov 9, 2015

The studio is grateful to Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography for exhibiting Harold’s iconic images in it’s booth at FotoFever photography festival in Paris this year. Now in it’s 4th year, Fotofever showcases photographers represented by 100 photography galleries worldwide.… Continue reading  

“Harold Feinstein’s Coney Island” opens at the Leica Gallery LA!

Sep 7, 2015

It was a festive night at the Leica Gallery LA on September 3rd for the opening of Harold Feinstein’s Coney Island — the first exhibition since Harold’s passing on June 20th. Their was a great turn-out over the course of… Continue reading  

Happy 84th Birthday Harold!

Apr 21, 2015

On Friday April 17th, Harold celebrated his 84th birthday! He received this surprise video birthday card from Ted Forbes of The Art of Photography whose podcasts are seen by thousands of his subscribers worldwide. ` Harold was delighted to receive… Continue reading  

“Harold Feinstein: Master Photographer” opens at Lumière, Atlanta

Mar 10, 2015

We’re pleased to announce the March 6th opening of Harold Feinstein: Master Photographer. The exhibition will include choice selection from Feinstein’s nearly seven decades of black and white and color work, including his lesser known Metropolis series and newly discovered… Continue reading  

From The Blog

Man and wife drinking Kruger beer, 1952.  Alternate title: "If this isn't love, than maybe I'm crazy!"  One of Harold's all-time favorite photographs.

“If this isn’t love, then maybe I’m crazy!” Happy Valentine’s Day 2016!

One of Harold’s favorite expressions was, “If this isn’t love, then maybe I’m crazy!” He often sang the words with a catchy tune. I later discovered that the song was from the Broadway musical Finian’s Rainbow. The original lyrics said:… Continue reading  

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Harold’s students: Louis Draper, Herbert Randall and the Kamoinge Workshop

In 1963 a group of African American photographers, mostly based in Harlem, came together to form the Kamoinge Workshop. The name comes from a word in the Kikuyu language of Kenya meaning “a group of people acting together”. It’s purpose… Continue reading  

Boy on Father's Shoulders, 1987, © Harold Feinstein

Happy New Year 2016!

We are wishing a wonderful 2016 for all of our friends! For us at the studio, 2015 was a year of tremendous loss with Harold’s passing on the Summer Solstice — June 20th, 2015. For me it was no surprise… Continue reading  

Poster advertising Harold's show at the Limelight Gallery, 1958

The Jazz Loft, The Limelight, The friendship: Harold Feinstein and W. Eugene Smith

I recently discovered the poster above while going through one of the many boxes of ephemera in the studio. I knew about the show at the historic Limelight Gallery, the first of it’s kind photography gallery launched by Helen Gee.… Continue reading