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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UPCOMING OPENING — Found: A Harold Feinstein Exhibition opens May 14th, 2019 at The Store X in London. It will be the first ever U.K. exhibition of Feinstein’s work.

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. 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.

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

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News

“Last Stop Coney Island” featured at Newburyport Doc Festival February 17

Feb 3, 2019

I’m  pleased that the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival has selected Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein  as one of it’s featured films in 2019.  For the last fifteen years of his life,  Harold and I lived… Continue reading  

DOC NYC’s premier of “Last Stop Coney Island” a huge success!

Nov 23, 2018

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  

“Last Stop Coney Island” SOLD OUT! Second screening scheduled on November 15!

Nov 1, 2018

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  

“Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein” will premier at DOC NYC November 14th

Oct 14, 2018

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  

From The Blog

“Where my soul is fully alive”: Wisdom from Harold on his 88th birthday  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz9rs86ZeBA&list=PLogZ8j4GviAkJh-mndvac4iYw3MqA-f0-&index=23Video can’t be loaded: “Where my soul is fully alive” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz9rs86ZeBA&list=PLogZ8j4GviAkJh-mndvac4iYw3MqA-f0-&index=23) From a Harold Feinstein photography workshop, September 29, 1999,  Arlington, MA  “I’m making a resolution for the time I have left to be where my soul is fully alive.… Continue reading  

“It’ll always be the first kiss”: Memories for Valentine’s Day 2019  

Harold liked to say:  “It will always be the first kiss” when he talked about his love of life. I was blessed with a 27 year marriage to someone who never let me forget how much he loved me; who… Continue reading  

Harold’s students: JoAnn Cancro  

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  

Coney Island: All colors and every language under the sun!  

“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  

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