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Becoming at home with infinity: A reflection on year four of your passing… - by Judith Thompson

My dearest Harold: Here it is again. The summer solstice. The day you departed your body. I thought it would be easier to write this year’s memorial blog post than it has been in the first three years. I woke up knowing exactly what I wanted to say. I’ve been composing it as I walk, prepare… Continue reading

Harold’s students: JoAnn Cancro - by Cory Levine

We were delighted to connect recently with one of Harold’s former students, JoAnn Cancro. JoAnn is an accomplished fine art, cultural and event photographer who attended one of Harold’s private workshops in New York during the 1990s. She was kind enough to guest author this blog entry and share her memories of that time, as… Continue reading

The Cook, the photographer and the poison ivy: Story of a photo shoot - by Judith Thompson

While it seems true that every photograph can tell a story either through the explicit hand of the photographer or through the viewer’s imagination, it’s not often that we hear directly from both the photographer and the subject about the context or circumstances of that moment. Last year I published a post called Ripple Effects:… Continue reading

A love affair with teaching: “It’s like seeing the summer again after a long winter” - by Judith Thompson

At long last, and with the help of my good friend and renaissance man, Jason Novak, I am making a small dent in reviewing, editing and packaging the huge volume of audio-visual materials that provide an inspiring record of Harold’s 56 years of teaching. I have over 20 hours of video and 100 hours of… Continue reading

Ripple effects: Subject, student and teacher remember a moment in time - by Judith Thompson

“Back in the 70’s I used to model for Harold’s classes.He took a beautiful picture of me which he called Lady in the Lake. It is in his book Harold Feinstein: A Retrospective.Would love to meet you.” Thus read the email I received a month ago from Susan Auslander who was 20 at the time… Continue reading

Belated thanks to John Szarkowski: Reflections on the joy of teaching - by Harold Feinstein

A few weeks ago I published a post entitled Remembering Edward Steichen. My recollections were mainly about the important role of encouragement (his) on the one hand, and the folly of rigid ideas about art (mine) on the other! I received a lot of nice feedback and am grateful it was published in The Eye… Continue reading

The empathic eye of Mariette Pathy Allen in her new book TransCuba - by Judith Thompson

This post inaugurates a new occasional series we are launching called Spotlight on my students. The inspiration for doing this series came after Harold’s December 2012 book signing at Aperture Gallery. At that event over two-thirds of the people who attended turned out to be his former students and he was inspired to celebrate his… Continue reading

Journey into the Unknown: Musings on the gift of life - by Judith Thompson

Recently Harold had a short stay in the hospital. Afterwards he was reflecting on the things that have mattered the most in his life and I taped a short conversation between the two of us about his thoughts on life and photography. Judith: As a photographer for 67 years now, and a teacher to hundreds… Continue reading

My visit to AIPAD - by Harold Feinstein

Going to AIPAD is a bit like a pilgrimage to Mecca for photography collectors. Every year those dealers who belong to the membership organization (AIPAD stands for the Association of International Photography Art Dealers) gather in New York for a grand exhibition and collectors, photographers, critics and the general public descend on the New York… Continue reading

Thank you Dorothy Norman: Encouragement and the Creative Process - by Harold Feinstein

When I was a boy of only 18, I had pretty much found my photographic voice. I was fortunate to have the support of The Photo League, Jacob Deschin at the New York Times, and Edward Steichen at the Museum of Modern Art. I was essentially self-taught, though I did take a class with Sid… Continue reading