News, Updates and a bit of Conscience
I have been planning this post for some time, keeping a list of “news” items and looking forward to sharing them with our readers. As I was finishing up, I stopped to watch the news and then came back to this post. Eversince the Russian invasion of Ukraine began a few days ago, I have been going through Harold’s images to find some way to express solidarity in the midst of this horrific unfolding. For some years in the early 1980’s Harold enjoyed finding flowers and holding them up against the sky. He called them his Sky Flowers. I located a number of scans of yellow flowers and blue sky and have been posting them on social media with #WESTANDWITHUKRAINE. I thought it appropriate to start with this, since nothing else matters as much at this dangerous moment. Standing with the yellow and blue, and praying for an end to the violence and tryanny.
If you’re anywhere near Paris you’ve still got time to catch “Life As It Was” hanging at Bigaignon in Paris! There’s been some great publicity (see links below), and we’re loving this very special drone-enabled exhibition video.
On March 15th, the gallery will be screening the documentary Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein.
In January 2022, Contrasto Books , Italy’s leading publishing house for photography books, published Flowerly, a gorgeous compiliation of 50 Feinstein flower photographs paired with poetry from the world’s most renowned poets including Whitman, Rilke, Shakespeare, Tagore and dozens of others! The book is the latest addition to Contrasto’s In Parole series, which includes other titles featuring Margaret Bourke-White, Sebastião Salgado, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Here is a lovely short video Contrasto created to promote the book. We are only sorry we can’t read Italian! But the photos speak a universal language! Grateful to Roberto Koch and his team for this beautiful book!
Last year we received a $5,000 grant from the Leonioan Foundation for funds toward the archiving of Harold’s large library of teaching materials. With this support we’ve been able to complete phase one of a multi-staged process aimed at digitizing, transcribing, key-wording and cataloguing Harold’s teaching mateirals. We’re also grateful to Griffin Museum of Photography for providing the needed 501c3 administrative oversight!
The funds from Leonian allowed us to complete most of the digitization process, including nearly 70 hours of audio, approximately 25 hours of video and the transcription of a large chunk of those materials. The audio materials go back to the early 70’s. We will also be adding closed captions to much of the videotape to enhance accessibility and improve SEO potential. In addition we will be broadening and re-organizing the YouTube Channel, adding a great many more audio and video clips from the teaching materials, including longer pieces that will incorporate more depth than social media clips. The text material will ultimately be reviewed for key-wording creating a useful way to collate and cross reference the common themes and core ideas embedded in Harold’s teaching approach. That will come in the second stage. Here is one of the short clips we produced for social media. Many more to come!
We’re thrilled to be newly represented by G.W. Einstein. CEO Anne MacDougall Einstein and her husband Milton Adams have visited the studio in New Hampshire three times to select a large number of prints on consignment.Based in New York City G.W. Einstein has been in business since 1970 and is a member of the IFDPA. They represent artists of multiple media, also including photographs of Todd Webb and Bernice Aboott. We look forward to a long and productive relationship!
We’re delighted that Harold will be one of the featured photographers in an up-coming book by Dr. Deborah Dash Moore entitled Walkers in the City: Jewish Street Photographers of New York, 1936-66 (Cornell University Press). Deborah Dash Moore is the editor in chief of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, former director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and a Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.
Exhibition in 2023:
Centre de la Photographie de Mougins, curated by Artistic Director, Francois Chevel. Date to be announced soon!
Be on the look-out for a completely new website in April! Kudos to webmaster, David Brabyn , for his patience and determination!
Limited Edition Fine Art Posters:
We will soon be selling limited edition posters (100) of 10 iconic Feinstein images. Sized at 18×24 on Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth 100% Cotton 305gsm fine art matte paper, all prints will be hand stamped and numbered on the back and signed by the Archive’s Director, Judith Thompson. They will also be available framed and will be printed by our friends at Digital Silver Imaging.