Skip to main content

Coney Island

Evolution of an iconic Image: Boardwalk Sheet Music Montage, 1952 to 2020 - by Judith Thompson

Just recently I made the decision to release the first estate print from the Harold Feinstein Photography Trust. I made this decision because this iconic image — unknown until 10 years ago — has sold out as a signed contemporary print while inquiries about it exceed that for any other image. I have been deliberating… 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!

HOMECOMING!! “Last Stop Coney Island” at the Coney Island Film Festival! - by Judith Thompson

PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING HAROLD HOME!! Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein Sunday, September 15th at 3PM at the Coney Island Museum! Buy your tickets now! Join me after the screening for a beer at The Coney Island Brewing Company.

Next stop London! Ramping up for the UK’s first exhibition and film screening! - by Judith Thompson

My bags are packed and I’m ready to go! If you’re planning to be at Photo London this year, please take in the remarkable Feinstein events taking place concurrently and right next door at Store X and the Curzon DocHouse in Bloomsbury. Many kudos to both Carrie Scott, curator and art dealer extraordinaire, and filmmaker… Continue reading

DOC NYC’s premier of “Last Stop Coney Island” a huge success! - by Judith Thompson

It was a great evening on November 14, 2018 at the Cinépolis theaters in Chelsea,  where the indie film Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein premiered before a sell-out crowd as part of DOC NYC’s ninth year! The audience included long-time fans of Feinstein’s photography, former students, family members and those… Continue reading

Paris preview #2: Coney Island Quietude - by Judith Thompson

Included among the prints being exhibited at the up-coming show, Graciously Yours (Galerie Thierry Bigaignon, May 24-August 31) are a number of Coney Island photographs that speak to a quiet side of the famed amusement park away from the screams on the Cyclone or the barkers on the boardwalk. Harold’s own thoughts about these photographs… Continue reading

Feinstein’s work exhibiting at Arles Festival as part of group show highlighting Sid Grossman’s legacy - by Judith Thompson

At the 2016 Arles Photo Festival, the Howard Greenberg Gallery will present Sid Grossman: From document to revelation. In addition to Grossman’s own photographs, the show will include the work of seven other master photographers who knew Grossman through the Photo League or as his students. The exhibition will coincide with the release of the… Continue reading

The 2016 season opens at Coney Island: 100 free rides on the Cyclone! - by Judith Thompson

Last Saturday, March 26th, marked opening day for the 2016 Coney Island season and the first 100 people to line up for the Cyclone got a free ride! Harold must’ve been salivating! I’m not sure when his last ride on the Cyclone was, but I bet if he could’ve taken his wheel chair on board,… Continue reading

“Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland” comes to Brooklyn Museum - by Judith Thompson

Harold had wanted to put out a blog post about the Wadsworth Museum’s Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland when it first opened last January, but was unable to at that time. So, when I saw his photograph Teenagers on the beach, (1949) in the New York Times article about the show on Sunday,… Continue reading

Harold and his Leica - by Judith Thompson

I’m headed out to Los Angeles next week to represent Harold at the opening of his show Harold Feinstein’s Coney Island at the Leica Gallery LA. It will be the first show since his passing in June, so I’m eager to be going and hope to see any of our LA friends at the opening… Continue reading

You can’t take Brooklyn out of the boy: Remembering the summer of ’49 - by Harold Feinstein

I’m not sure who came up with the expression: You can take the boy out of Brooklyn, but you can’t take Brooklyn out of the boy. but it’s one I often use. My wife cringes whenever she here’s me say this since I’m generally about to make some excuse for some old habit that is… Continue reading

Let them eat Coney Island cake! And other delicious memories from Harold’s Tribute Party! - by Judith Thompson

The summer is just zooming by and things are very busy in the studio! We’re preparing for the retrospective show in Moscow, and another one in November with Lumiere Gallery in Atlanta (more on that later) continuing to print editions in various sizes, meeting with curators, and hosting our friend, filmmaker Andy Dunn from the… Continue reading

The gift that keeps on giving: The Coney Island boardwalk - by Harold Feinstein

I’ve never heard of a Cannes Lion before. I guess its the equivalent of an Oscar in the world of creative communications. According to Ergin Binyildiz, the chief creative officer for Havas Worldwide‘s Turkish office, “Cannes is the peak of creative competition, and any success recognized there is a success recognized by the whole world.”… Continue reading

On Fathers and Fatherhood 2014 - by Harold Feinstein

This was one of the first photographs I ever took. I was 15 and still living at home in Brooklyn, though I would shortly move out on my own. I was the youngest of five, born when my mother was 43. My eldest sibling was 20 and the one just above me was already 11.… Continue reading

Memorial Day Memories: My first show, Army Days and Coney Island - by Harold Feinstein

Fifty-nine years ago, my first one-man show was about to be taken down. It hung during May 1955 at the Little Gallery of the New York Public Library and came down on Memorial Day of that year. (My very first show was as part of a group show at the Whitney in 1954). I was… Continue reading

All you need is love: Belated Valentine’s Day to my friends - by Harold Feinstein

The last time you heard from me was over a month ago. I was watching the Olympics and musing on Coney Island Muscle Man (a picture of me in my former body perhaps?). And I was getting ready for a Valentine’s Day blog — waxing eloquent on love (as always) and beginning to choose from… Continue reading

Olympics fever: Coney Island style! - by Harold Feinstein

I’m sorry to disappoint my readers by saying the I won’t be competing in the Olympics this year. My arthritic hip is acting up on me again and I was disqualified from my usual figure skating performance. However I will be watching. And watching is exactly what I’m good at anyway! At Coney Island, watching… Continue reading

Coney Island and Hurricane Sandy: One year later - by Harold Feinstein

If I were able to get to the Museum of the City of New York, I would take in the show “Rising Waters”, a juried exhibition of photographs taken during the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. On this one year anniversary, New Yorkers are looking at the report card for the year of disaster assistance and… Continue reading