Harold Feinstein was born in Coney Island in 1931. When he passed away in 2015 the New York Times declared him: “One of the most accomplished recorders of the American experience.”
He 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”.Read more
This photograph was taken when Harold was people-watching in the outdoor cafes of Paris. Since an exhibition of Harold’s work is once again on view in Paris (Graciously Yours, Galerie Thierry Bigaignon, May 24 – Aug 31 2018) it seemed a logical time to post this photo, which appears in the film Last Stop Coney Island: The life and photography of Harold Feinstein.
Earlier this year filmmaker Andy Dunn previewed an edit of the film for Philippe Garner (Emeritus head of Photography, Christie’s) who appears in it. Philippe was delighted to see his good friend Robert Vallois (left) in the photo.
Harold had no idea who was in this photo but loved the scene. Now if we can only find out who the other two men are.
Announcing up-coming screenings and exhibitions in San Diego, London, Portland and Paris! Mark your calendars!
We’re completely psyched about this great podcast from The Kodakery! Within three hours of being posted to SoundCloud it already had 500 listeners! Like most photographers of his era, Harold was a Kodak man — Tri-X, Plus-X, Ektachrome, Kodachrome, and… Continue reading
PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING HAROLD HOME!! Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein Sunday, September 15th at 3PM at the Coney Island Museum! Buy your tickets now! Join me after the screening for a… Continue reading
It was the first exhibition of Harold’s work in London. As part of the well-coordinated Feinstein menu for those gathered at the annual international photography festival, Andy Dunn’s masterful documentary, Continue reading
The photo above was always a favorite of Harold’s. It was published many times, but I particularly love how he described the scene in the seven page spread for New York Newsday (1991) in an article entitled The Man who… Continue reading
It seems appropriate to publish this second post in the series on Prints and Printmaking shortly after the Kodakery podcast, The Life and Work of Harold Feinstein with Andy Dunn and Carrie Scott, published two weeks ago. After all, when… Continue reading
Harold was drafted into the infantry and sent off to Korea when he was 22 years old. He had a new wife, had sold prints to Steichen at MOMA and was just getting into his stride as an up and coming young photographer in the heady days of the early 50’s in New York. And then he was yanked into the draft and sent off to Korea. Continue reading
When I first began getting involved with Harold’s work, during and after a long career of my own (completely unrelated to photography or the art world), I found myself a complete novice at the bottom end of the learning… Continue reading