"No matter the context, with his camera or in a classroom, Harold Feinstein believed in the power of photography to reveal the human condition.
All you need to do is look at the photographs in this volume to know he was constantly searching to connect with the world around him, to share the beauty he experienced in the everyday and to open the eyes and hearts of his fellow travelers – to be more appreciative of the world around them."
Harold Feinstein, A Retrospective is the first career-spanning monograph showcasing the brilliance of a small camera master of black-and-white photography. The 80 duotone plates span a half century of exquisite imagery, with the majority from the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s. In addition to his classic Coney Island photographs taken over six decades, this volume includes some of his best known street photographs, as well as his lesser known, but recently released images from his life as an army draftee during the Korean War and some portraits, nudes, and still-life.
This gorgeously produced linen bound book is the perfect gift for anyone who seeks art that is both renewing, life-affirming and visually stimulating. With Feinstein’s appreciative eye, a vital era in the history of photography comes to life through these intimate, engaging and beautifully composed images.
"If Diane Arbus took photographs of ordinary people to demonstrate how flawed humans can be, Feinstein reveals how hard circumstances can be transcended. There is nothing critical or anxious about his pictures. His subjects are alive, thinking, feeling human beings. For Feinstein, it does not matter what people do, where they come from, or what they look like. Their faces light up just the same, and their eyes sparkle with excitement. His subject is us — all of us — and our better nature."
"Harold Feinstein’s black and white street photographs are absolutely beautiful. They combine powerful content with a perfect sense of graphics. Harold’s photographs are proof of the magic of realism. He has the ability to find something incredible in the ordinary. He is a great artist with the rare gift of a great eye."
"Our troops, our veterans, and their families should be honored with the respect of a grateful nation. Through his photographs, Harold Feinstein captures an era of men that truly merit this honor, respect, and gratitude."
"One of the most satisfying aspects to the field of photography is that we continue to uncover remarkable portfolios of work from the 20th century that regretfully never got the full attention they deserve. Such is the case with the photographs of Harold Feinstein. Looking at his images now gives us visual nourishment of a time that we lived, or did not live, but get to experience through these wonderfully captured moments."
"Harold Feinstein, in his photographs from the late 1940′s and 1950′s, had a special touch. His images, at once joyous and engaging, appear to be made from within the photograph and not from a customary distance. They are alive and allow the viewer a privileged place in his world. All this, while displaying a mastery of light, composition, the moment; elements which make good photographs, great. Feinstein occupies a high ground in the pantheon of street photography."
"What’s remarkable and nourishing about Harold’s black and white work is that he addresses a really gritty, stressful, difficult environment – an archetypal city like New York – which many people have shown as dark, dangerous, gloomy, isolated, inhumane – and consistently finds in it the moments of charm, pleasure, human tenderness, generosity – even the spiritual – that is there."
"Feinstein's youthful images of post-WWII Coney Island reveal the stature that documentary photography as art was just beginning to gain. Their vitality and elegant figural grace speak to that robust era with an instinctive, innocent, yet passionate eye."
One Hundred Flowers features 100 exquisite color portraits of dahlias, roses, anemones, poppies, pansies, orchids, tulips, azaleas, peonies, and other flowers in luscious detail.
“This breathtaking collection of flower photographs is not to be missed! With the finesse of the best of Irving Penn’s flowers, and the graphic style of Mapplethorpe’s botanical images, these sumptuous, hyper-real studies are truly exquisite. In most images the background fades to a deep black as Feinstein carefully captures the rich colors of each bloom."
Feinstein has an unusual gift for finding exquisite details in nature and turning them into mesmerizing works of art. After years of devoting himself to creating a distinctive form of flower imagery (and to successfully licensing these images through books, calendars, posters, and fine art prints), Feinstein now turns his lens to a subject of equal beauty and appeal — butterflies.
In one hundred photographs he will capture a wide range of butterfly varieties — reflecting the explosion of colors and patterns that occur in nature.
Orchidelirium presents Harold Feinstein’s breathtaking pictures of orchids – dozens of different varieties and shades of them. In the tradition of the critically acclaimed gift book One Hundred Flowers, this new volume offers images of staggering detail and subtlety.
Nobody has been able to match Feinstein’s mastery of flower photography, and nowhere is his remarkable talent as evident as it is in these pictures of orchids, nature’s most delicate and variegated creations.
"If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the 100 photographs in this book equate to a missive of epic proportions. Orchidelirium truly does capture the heart."
Large-format and luxuriously produced, One Hundred Seashells brings forth the intricate and subtle beauty of seashells – their luminous array of color, their every twist and turn – to an unprecedented degree. Feinstein has created a portfolio of images stunning in their delicacy and detail.
Each picture is coupled with an identifying caption that makes the book as practical as it is exquisite, for art lovers and nature enthusiasts alike.
"Feinstein opens his shutter to the tulip’s splendid diversity, showing off several centuries of meticulous breeding in this small collection of photographs. The flowers presented range from soft, closed coquettish buds to violently ruffled blooms that explode open toward the viewer. Nature’s palate is equally remarkable; simple primary colors blend into decadent violets, fresh greens and rosy pinks… Feinstein allows the flowers to speak for themselves, limiting his text to each variety’s name and a brief introduction… the flowers burst to the forefront, bright in hue and voluptuous in form.
These are the types of photos that one can pull out and frame. The books will remind readers why flowers are so symbolic of tender sentiments."
A delightful collection of rose photographs, showcases the tremendous variety of this most beloved and romantic of flowers.
Feinstein is renowned for his vivid color photographs of flowers, previously available only in large format art books or limited-edition prints. This new volume, and its companion, The Infinite Tulip, makes Feinstein’s exquisite images available in an attractive, accessible format.
In this elegantly designed and lavishly produced volume, Harold Feinstein returns to the natural forms that he chronicled in One Hundred Flowers. From fiddlehead ferns to thorny seeds, to mottled leaves and vivid fruit, Foliage contains one hundred luscious color photographs of the beauty found in plant life.
With a style uniquely dinstinct from other botanical masters, Feinstein has created a collection of stunning images that allows us to examine in exquisite detail nature’s exotic curves, colors, and lines.