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Comeraderie and comfort in the face of war: Harold Feinstein’s Draftee photographs in an upcoming exhibition - by Judith Thompson

“As I look at these photographs now I see again through the eyes of a 21-year-old from Coney Island, fresh off the boardwalk and thrown into a situation with my peers who could’ve been at Coney Island with me riding the cyclone or flirting with their girlfriend under the boardwalk, or cruising around town on… Continue reading

Fatherly Inheritances: Father’s Day 2021 - by Judith Thompson

If you’ve seen the film Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein,  you will know that Harold’s relationship with his own father was a difficult one. Louis Feinstein suffered from alcoholism and Harold often spoke about the fear he felt around him, the beatings and druken rages.  It was a huge… Continue reading

What to remember: Reflections on Memorial Day 2021 - by Judith Thompson

Unquestionably war has touched us all. Every single person, no matter who they are or where they live, has been touched by war. Scars from the traumas of war are passed down throughout generations and layered with new scars  as the self-perpetuating cycles of war and violence continue to be fueled partly by the unhealed… Continue reading

What’s the July 4th week-end without Coney Island? Will apple pie be the next to go? - by Judith Thompson

This ABC Nightline piece celebrating Coney Island and the photography of Harold Feinsted aired 25 years ago today. There were dire predictions about the future then…as there are now. Yet the same indomitable resilience remains!

“Make Freedom Real”: James Baldwin on art, truth and change in America - by Judith Thompson

The sea change we’re seeing in this country and the world is unlike anything we’ve ever known.  I am reminded of the the lines from Christopher Fry’s play The Sleep of Prisoners.

Different kinds of war: Reflections on Memorial Day 2020 - by Judith Thompson

As I looked through Harold’s Draftee series for some appropriate photographs to share on this 2020 Memorial Day observance,  the irony of the one above did not escape me. This GI is getting inoculated in both arms as a way to prepare for the war overseas. Harold went off to Korea in 1952. Approximately 35,000… Continue reading

Roses and prayers for Therese on Mother’s Day, 2020 - by Judith Thompson

“We are born of love;  love is our Mother. ”  Rumi Today we celebrate mothers. And yet it’s a different Mother’s Day than any of us have every known. In too many cases the joyful gatherings that we may have been used to on this special days are being replaced by zoom calls. In too… Continue reading

Earth Day at 50: A Hush Across the Land - by Judith Thompson

The morning breeze has secrets to tell you. Do not go back to sleep.  Rumi   Could any of us have imagined that the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day would arrive like this? The global “pause button” has been pushed. The Earth is breathing? Can you hear her? The Pandemic has created multiple realities for… Continue reading

Happy 89th Birthday Harold! Remembering what’s important - by Judith Thompson

As I was looking through various quotes from Harold’s writings by way of bringing not only his face, but his words to this 89th birthday remembrance,  I came across a transcript from a 1981 interview of him. In it he was sharing his thoughts about handling difficult events in life. It seemed so relevant to… Continue reading

A Love Letter to New York: We Stand With You! - by Judith Thompson

To all New Yorkers: Please accept this visual love letter from one who always saw New York through the eyes of love.