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.
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
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
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
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
Harold was drafted into the infantry and sent off to Korea when he was 22 years old. He had a new wife, had sold prints to Steichen at MOMA and was just getting into his stride as an up and coming young photographer in the heady days of the early 50’s in New York. And then he was yanked into the draft and sent off to Korea. Continue reading
When I first began getting involved with Harold’s work, during and after a long career of my own (completely unrelated to photography or the art world), I found myself a complete novice at the bottom end of the learning… Continue reading
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
Harold would be 88 today, April 17th, 2019. He left his body, but his soul lives on. At least, so I believe and so did he. And the desire to listen to the directives of his soul while he was alive was a profound intention that shaped his life, his work and his way of being. It also touched the lives of all who knew him. Continue reading