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.
It was a great evening on November 14, 2018 at the Cinépolis theaters in Chelsea, where the indie film Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein premiered before a sell-out crowd as part of DOC NYC’s ninth… Continue reading
We’re thrilled to announce that Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein premiering at DOC NYC on November 14th has SOLD OUT!! A second screening has been added on NOVEMBER 15TH at 9:45 PM Filmmaker Andy… Continue reading
We’re excited to announce that Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein will have it’s international debut at DOC NYC on November 14th at Cinepolis Chelsea. DOC NYC is the country’s largest documentary film festival voted by MovieMaker… Continue reading
After the huge success of the 2017 exhibit Contagious Optimism, which drew 5000 visitors and a tremendous wave of media, Galerie Thierry Bigaignon now presents the second part of the retrospective dedicated to Harold Feinstein, with 21 contemporary and vintage… Continue reading
We were delighted to connect recently with one of Harold’s former students, JoAnn Cancro. JoAnn is an accomplished fine art, cultural and event photographer who attended one of Harold’s private workshops in New York during the 1990s. She was kind… Continue reading
“When people come to this country and they see the Statue of Liberty, I think there should be a sign there that says ‘Come with me to Coney Island first!’ Because whatever New York is to the United States, Coney… Continue reading
I realize there is a thread here that runs through my annual reflection marked by the day of Harold’s passing (June 20, 2015) . It’s the thread of time and no time; and it is still, for me, the frame… Continue reading
Included among the prints being exhibited at the up-coming show, Graciously Yours (Galerie Thierry Bigaignon, May 24-August 31) are a number of Coney Island photographs that speak to a quiet side of the famed amusement park away from the screams… Continue reading