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W. Eugene Smith and me at Helen Gee’s Limelight Gallery, 1957 - by Harold Feinstein

Not a week goes by that I don’t think of W. Eugene Smith with a real sense of nostalgia. He was one of the most important people in my life, and a man who I truly loved. Just last week I was saying to Judith that I ought to do a blog about Gene and… Continue reading

Coney Island’s Parachute Jump - by Harold Feinstein

What’s 262 feet high, known as the “Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn”, and about to be so brightly lit up that it will be seen from space? If you’re from Brooklyn, then the answer came right away, but for those of you not blessed with that distinction, the photograph says it all. Built in 1939 for… Continue reading

A Soldier’s Valentine: Bidding Farewell at Camp Kilmer, 1952 - by Harold Feinstein

While Valentine’s Day seems to be just another opportunity for card companies to cash in on mass produced emotions, I was surprised to find out that the original St. Valetine (Valentinus) was persecuted and killed under the Roman Emperor Claudius II for the heinous crime of performing clandestine weddings for soldiers, who were forbidden to… Continue reading

Reminiscences of W. Eugene Smith, 1956 - by Harold Feinstein

My recent opening at Panopticon Gallery was marvelous for so many reasons. First, there was the long-awaited moment of holding my new book in my own hands and getting high on the gorgeousness of the tactile product. (Once again, kudos to Chris Pichler at Nazraeli Press for his stellar job in publishing the book and… Continue reading

Coney Island Teenagers, 1949 - by Harold Feinstein

I’m really grateful to Peter Popham for the great feature article he wrote recently about my work for The Independent, a daily paper in the UK (September 2, 2012). From our phone call, I could sense that he’s the kind of guy I’d like to get to know better. While I appreciated everything he had… Continue reading

Draftee in Photobooth, 1952 - by Harold Feinstein

What will they think of next? A friend brought it to my attention yesterday that a photo of mine has gone viral… only it’s not the original photo, it’s a photoshopped version that appeared in the Huffington Post. Some clever person has made this unsuspecting GI disappear into thin air (maybe that’s why we don’t… Continue reading