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.  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, Updates and a bit of Conscience

Mar 3, 2022

  I have been planning this post for some time,  keeping a list of “news” items and looking forward to sharing them with our readers. As I was finishing up,  I stopped to watch the news and then came back… Continue reading

“Life as it Was”: Third Exibition at Bigaignon Gallery

Feb 1, 2022

Let’s get overwhelmed by the humanist vision of one of the most talented American photographers of his generation, Harold Feinstein. After two remarkable first exhibitions in 2017 and 2018, we complete what we had announced as a trilogy, with this… Continue reading

Feinstein film on SUNDANCE NOW!!

Dec 17, 2020

…[A] loving portrait of a remarkable man…well worth seeking out by anyone with an interest in the history of photography….[T]his is a worthwhile documentary to set alongside recent portraits of Vivian Maier, Robert Frank and Gordon Parks.  The Arts Desk… Continue reading

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

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