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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’s work exhibiting at Arles Festival as part of group show highlighting Sid Grossman’s legacy

Apr 18, 2016

At the 2016 Arles Photo Festival, the Howard Greenberg Gallery will present Sid Grossman: From document to revelation . In addition to Grossman’s own photographs, the show will include the work of seven other master photographers who knew Grossman through… Continue reading  

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  

From The Blog

Cyclone First Drop, 1950, Coney Island

The 2016 season opens at Coney Island: 100 free rides on the Cyclone!

Last Saturday, March 26th, marked opening day for the 2016 Coney Island season and the first 100 people to line up for the Cyclone got a free ride! Harold must’ve been salivating! I’m not sure when his last ride on… Continue reading  

An old contact sheet from  the early 50's with Harold's notes from the darkroom.

Making contacts! Old, new and in-between

I can’t speak with a photographer’s authority about the value of a contact sheet for photographers shooting with film. But I do know from living with Harold that the film contact sheet was his primary tool for editing. And he… Continue reading  

Man and wife drinking Kruger beer, 1952.  One of the prints exhibiting at Arles and also appearing in the book The life and work of Sid Grossman, which will include works by some of Grossman's students.

“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