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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Re-Discovered

Paris couple by river, 1988 

From Harold’s perspective, the two best places in the world to photograph were Coney Island and Paris. In 1988 he spent several weeks in Paris and brought back thousands of black and white and color images, which still are calling out for editing! This photo was among his favorites. He said: “Paris is consonant with love. Everywhere you look couples are kissing and that romance that you thought was only from the movies is really true about Paris.”

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News

Harold Feinstein “Graciously Yours” opens on May 24th at Galerie Thierry Bigaignon, Paris

Apr 23, 2018

After the huge success of the 2017 exhibit Contagious Optimism, which drew 5000 visitors and a tremendous wave of media, Galerie Thierry Bigaignon now presents the second part of the retrospective dedicated to Harold Feinstein, with 21 contemporary and vintage… Continue reading  

On view now in NYC: Man and wife drinking Krueger beer, 1952

Apr 18, 2018

This photograph, Man and wife drinking Krueger beer, 1952 is now on view at the Keith de Lellis Gallery in New York City. The exhibition Mid-Century American: Vintage Photos from the International Photography Yearbook runs from April 12-June 15th. Others… Continue reading  

Congratulatons to The Griffin Museum Focus Awardees: Mary Engel of APAG, Elizabeth Avedon, Beuford Smith and Paul Messier.

Nov 1, 2017

The Griffin Museum of Photography’s Focus Awards!! Flashpoint Boston portfolio reviews!! Brunch with the stars!! The truth is… I haven’t had this much fun in a long time! I notified my friends and family that this was going to be… Continue reading  

Fantastic opening at O’Art Gallery, Istanbul! The love affair with Turkey continues!

May 29, 2017

I was sorry not to be able to go to the opening reception for Harold Feinstein: The Legacy of a Photographer, a magnificent retrospective, which opened on May 16th at O’Art, the corporate art space for Odea Bank in Istanbul.… Continue reading  

From The Blog

Not yet sprung! Waiting for the Big Bang!  

Do I have your attention?  Spring? Seduction by color, shape, sound, fragrance? Crocuses? Tulips? Dogwood? The riotous scream of YELLOW shooting from the forsythia, followed by the reds, oranges, and pinks of tulips? Whatever happened to “in like a lion and… Continue reading  

Preparing for a curator’s visit: Two days with Francois Cheval, Audrey Hoareau and Thierry Bigaignon  

When my Paris dealer, Thierry Bigaignon, told me that he would be bringing curators Francois Cheval and Audrey Hoareau for a two day visit to the studio in January,  I was ecstatic!  Francois had served as director of the Musée… Continue reading  

Happy New Year! Looking back on 2017 and forward to 2018!  

As the New Year unfolds,  we look back on 2017,  which  was a year of exciting developments for the Harold Feinstein Photography studio. Beautifully mounted exhibitions in Paris and Istanbul accompanied by significant media attention,  a public preview of clips… Continue reading  

W. Eugene Smith, Ed Thompson and the battle for creative control: A play in multiple acts  

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances. And one man in his time plays many parts.” William Shakespeare, from “As you Like It” Several months ago I… Continue reading