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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Coney Island 1940s-50s

Coney Island 1960s-90s

Street Photography

Army Draftee

Nudes and Portraits

Still Life and Nature


Color 35mm Mix


Foliage, Fruits & Vegetables




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

Jun 18, 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B16qQCFBbXYVideo can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Found: A Harold Feinstein Exhibition (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B16qQCFBbXY) The short video above takes you into a brief walk-through Found: A Harold Feinstein Exhibition curated by Carrie Scott during Photo London (May 15-19, 2019).  It… Continue reading  

Next stop London! Ramping up for the UK’s first exhibition and film screening!

May 8, 2019

My bags are packed and I’m ready to go! If you’re planning to be at Photo London this year, please take in the remarkable Feinstein events taking place concurrently and right next door at Store X and the Curzon DocHouse… Continue reading  

“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  

From The Blog

Becoming at home with infinity: A reflection on year four of your passing…  

  My dearest Harold: Here it is again.  The summer solstice.  The day you departed your body.  I thought it would be easier to write this year’s memorial blog post than it has been in the first three years.  I… Continue reading  

“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