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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

Late afternoon lunch counter, 1980 

I started using color film at Coney Island in the early 80’s and this is one of the photographs I’ve recently found from that series. The scene is coming off the BMT subway line at Stillwell Ave and walking into this lunch counter in the late afternoon. Turn left and continue on to Surf Avenue for Nathan’s hot dogs and the rides! And most of all, enjoy!

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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  

Exhibitions, documentaries and press: A year-end wrap-up!

Dec 17, 2014

This year has been an eventful year on every level. Early in 2014 Harold suffered some health setbacks that resulted in a short period of hospice care. But, with the help of friends, family and Harold’s strong will he remains… Continue reading  

Harold Feinstein and Vivian Maier: Two-person show at Lumière in Atlanta

Oct 27, 2014

The Harold Feinstein photography studio is pleased to announce new representation with Lumière in Atlanta, which offers one of the country’s largest selections of photographic prints. In November, the two-person exhibition, View from the Street, will feature Feinstein’s work together… Continue reading  

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Man reading Torah, 1970

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Recently discovered photographs: A lifetime of editing (part two!)

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Two boys on pier, 1950, the first print I ever sold was purchased by Edward Steichen for the Mumseum of Modern Art. I was nineteen

Remembering Edward Steichen

If I were to name the five most important people in my photography career, Edward Steichen would have to be on that list. I was only sixteen in 1947 when Steichen, then 68, became the Director of Photography at the… Continue reading  

Blissful baby, 1982

A grateful heart on Valentine’s Day 2015

We are all born gifted. The gift is life itself! The truth of these words, which I have often said to my students, has never been clearer to me than during this past year. A year ago on Valentine’s Day… Continue reading