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

Walk Through a Gallery with Harold Feinstein: A Lockdown project from Carrie Scott and David Hill Gallery

Jul 26, 2020

In 1989 the Edwin W. Zoller Gallery at Penn State University’s School of Visual Arts launched a retrospective of Harold Feinstein’s work.  Spanning his career, it included images from the 1940s to the late 1980s.  During the exhibition, Feinstein walked… Continue reading

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 beer at The Coney Island Brewing Company. Continue reading

From The Blog

Evolution of an iconic Image: Boardwalk Sheet Music Montage, 1952 to 2020   

Just recently I made the decision to release the first estate print from the Harold Feinstein Photography Trust. I made this decision because this iconic image — unknown until 10 years ago — has sold out as a signed contemporary… Continue reading

What’s the July 4th week-end without Coney Island? Will apple pie be the next to go?   

This ABC Nightline piece celebrating Coney Island and the photography of Harold Feinsted aired 25 years ago today. There were dire predictions about the future then…as there are now. Yet the same indomitable resilience remains! Continue reading

Five timeless years: Describing the state of our soul   10

HAROLD FEINSTEIN   (April 17, 1931- June 20, 2015) “There can be no regrets for that which is built out of love. The love of the work, of the image, of one’s self. When you’re in the moment, you’re in touch… Continue reading

“Make Freedom Real”: James Baldwin on art, truth and change in America   

The sea change we’re seeing in this country and the world is unlike anything we’ve ever known.  I am reminded of the the lines from Christopher Fry’s play The Sleep of Prisoners. Continue reading

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