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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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Commemorative events mark the year anniversary of Harold Feinstein’s passing

Jun 15, 2016

A few months ago I was approached by friends from the local arts community with a proposal to commemorate the one year anniversary of Harold’s passing (June 20th, 2015) and was delighted to accept. Asia Scudder, of Blue Wave Gallery… Continue reading  

Getting it together with Getty Images

May 9, 2016

It’s been a real pleasure getting to know Bob Ahern, Director of Archival Imagery at Getty Images. I was happy to see his recent contribution to The Eye of Photography, announcing the distribution partnership between Getty and Conde Nast. We… Continue reading  

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  

From The Blog

The book to accompany Harold Feinstein Retrospective  at Blue Sky Gallery,  Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts,  August, 2016.

Updates from The Harold Feinstein studio: Several shows, a book, the film, a new studio, a new home!

It’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me and there are good reasons for that! I sold our house of 17 years and have been doing nothing but pack for weeks now! The closing date is August 30th. A new… Continue reading  

Snake charmer on boardwalk, 1994.  All walks of life enjoying the fun!

“Celebrating Feinstein’s lasting impression! ” : From the Boston Globe

“At this particular moment, there’s something important about looking at those [Coney Island] pictures. They show such a wonderful mix of people, different classes, ages, and races coming together. At some level, that seems to be missing from American culture… Continue reading  

Harold in our kitchen, 2105 © Judith Thompson

Under the Strawberry Moon: Marking the passage of time

Today is the Summer Solstice — exactly one year since my beloved Harold died. It’s also the first time since 1967 that the full moon and the Summer Solstice have coincided. The next time will be 2067. As this article… Continue reading  

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