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

Report from Paris: Galerie Thierry Bigaignon

Feb 19, 2017

The exhibition Harold Feinstein: Contagious Optimism opened on February 3rd at Galerie Thierry Bigaignon to wide acclaim from the public and the press! It will run through April, which is the Month of Photography in Greater Paris. In addition to… Continue reading  

Vogue Magazine lists Feinstein Paris show as one of 16 “must-see” exhibitions in 2017!

Jan 9, 2017

In it’s January edition, Vogue published it’s traditional “must-see exhibitions” list for the year. Listed among the 16 top picks is the Harold Feinstein exhibition at the Galerie Thierry Bigaignon. The exhibition: Harold Feinstein Retrospective, Part I: Contagious Optimism will… Continue reading  

Updates from The Harold Feinstein studio: Several shows, a book, the film, a new studio, a new home!

Aug 17, 2016

It’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me and there are good reasons for that! I sold our house of 17 years and have been doing nothing but pack for weeks now! The closing date is August 30th. A new… Continue reading  

“Celebrating Feinstein’s lasting impression! ” : From the Boston Globe

Jun 26, 2016

“At this particular moment, there’s something important about looking at those [Coney Island] pictures. They show such a wonderful mix of people, different classes, ages, and races coming together. At some level, that seems to be missing from American culture… Continue reading  

From The Blog

Unearthing buried treasures: Discoveries in the basement, Part one!  

I’ve started a new category for these blog posts that I’m calling managing an archive, in the hopes that my own joys and tribulations in this new vocation can be instructive to others. And at the get go here, a… Continue reading  

Dignity and the Human Spirit: MLK Day 2017  

I’ve only once before re-published a post, but feel compelled to do so today.This post on Dignity and the Human Spirit was originally published in November 2015. It shares Harold’s thoughts on the photo above in addition to introducing readers… Continue reading  

The Broken Christ: On compassion and the nature of this earthly life  

And Jesus was a sailor When he walked upon the water And he spent a long time watching From his lonely wooden tower And when he knew for certain Only drowning men could see him He said “All men will… Continue reading  

The French Connection: C’est si bon!  

When asked who his favorite photographers were, Harold generally listed Henri Cartier-Bresson at the top, though later in life he might have said Boubat, whose humanist sensibilities and optimism were so close to his own. His favorite artist: Matisse. And… Continue reading