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Harold Feinstein was born in Coney Island, NY in 1931. He passed away in his home in Merrimac, MA on June 20, 2015.
He began his career in photography in 1946 at the age of 15 and within four short years, Edward Steichen, an early supporter, had purchased his work for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). He joined the Photo League at 17 and became a prominent figure in the vanguard of the early New York City street photography scene where he exhibited at Helen Gee’s Limelight Gallery and was a designer for historic Blue Note Records.
He was one of the original inhabitants of the legendary “Jazz Loft,” which he later turned over to his long-time collaborator and colleague W. Eugene Smith for whom he designed the original lay-out of the famous Pittsburgh Project.
Throughout his life he was known as an inspirational teacher, having led classes at numerous institutions as well as private workshops.
Feinstein is also regarded as a innovator in his craft, pioneering and writing about darkroom techniques as well as earning the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in 2000 for his breakthrough work using digital scanography to create images of flowers, botanicals, seashells, and butterflies.