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”.

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Portfolios

Coney Island 1940s-50s

Coney Island 1960s-90s

Street Photography

Army Draftee

Nudes and Portraits

Still Life and Nature

Metropolis

Color 35mm Mix

Flowers

Foliage, Fruits & Vegetables

Seashells

Butterflies

Re-Discovered

Paris Bulldogs, 1987 

This photograph was taken when Harold was people-watching in the outdoor cafes of Paris.  When filmmaker Andy Dunn previewed an edit of the film, Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein for Philippe Garner (Emeritus head of Photography, Christie’s) who appears in it, Philippe was delighted to see his good friend Robert Vallois (left) of Galerie Vallois 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!

Related: Philippe Garner commentary on Harold’s work at Photo London, 2017.

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News

Screenings and exhibitions in San Diego, London, Portland and Paris

Feb 9, 2020

Announcing up-coming screenings and exhibitions in San Diego, London, Portland and Paris! Mark your calendars!
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Kodakery Podcast: The life and work of Harold Feinstein: with Carrie Scott and Andy Dunn

Nov 12, 2019

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  

HOMECOMING!! “Last Stop Coney Island” at the Coney Island Film Festival!

Sep 10, 2019

  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  

Making magic in London: Carrie Scott and Andy Dunn team up to create unprecedented Feinstein festivities!

Jun 18, 2019

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  

From The Blog

Different kinds of war: Reflections on Memorial Day 2020  3

As I looked through Harold’s Draftee series for some appropriate photographs to share on this 2020 Memorial Day observance,  the irony of the one above did not escape me. This GI is getting inoculated in both arms as a way… Continue reading  

Roses and prayers for Therese on Mother’s Day, 2020  4

“We are born of love;  love is our Mother. ”  Rumi Today we celebrate mothers. And yet it’s a different Mother’s Day than any of us have every known. In too many cases the joyful gatherings that we may have… Continue reading  

Earth Day at 50: A Hush Across the Land  15

The morning breeze has secrets to tell you. Do not go back to sleep.  Rumi   Could any of us have imagined that the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day would arrive like this? The global “pause button” has been pushed.… Continue reading  

Happy 89th Birthday Harold! Remembering what’s important  6

As I was looking through various quotes from Harold’s writings by way of bringing not only his face, but his words to this 89th birthday remembrance,  I came across a transcript from a 1981 interview of him. In it he… Continue reading  

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