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Year eight: Still basking - by Judith Thompson

HAROLD FEINSTEIN (April 17, 1931 – June 20, 2015) This year I am marking the commemoration of Harold’s passing by preparing to head to France for the exciting retrospective of his work at the Mougins Centre for Photography. If you missed my post of that you can find it here. Thus, on this solstice day… 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.

Reflections on vulnerability, connection and art in a time of crisis: With gratitude to my friends - by Judith Thompson

But, I’m reaching out across cyberspace to connect with my face and voice from inside my home to inside your home during this unprecedented time on this planet in the year 2020.

“No rent, no cockroaches, no tomorrow”: Celebrating Valentine’s Day 2020 - by Judith Thompson

The photo above was always a favorite of Harold’s.  It was published many times, but I particularly love how he described the scene in the seven page spread for New York Newsday (1991)  in an article entitled The Man who Loved Coney Island.  But then again…Harold was a man in love with so many things.… Continue reading

“Where my soul is fully alive”: Wisdom from Harold on his 88th birthday - by Judith Thompson

Portrait of Harold Feinstein by Judith Thompson

Harold would be 88 today, April 17th, 2019.  He left his body, but his soul lives on. At least, so I believe and so did he. And the desire to listen to the directives of his soul while he was  alive was a profound intention that shaped his life, his work and his way of being. It also touched the lives of all who knew him.

“It’ll always be the first kiss”: Memories for Valentine’s Day 2019 - by Judith Thompson

Harold liked to say:  “It will always be the first kiss” when he talked about his love of life. I was blessed with a 27 year marriage to someone who never let me forget how much he loved me; who maintained a consistent  appreciation of life — and of me! As he got older, he… Continue reading

In touch with eternity: Reflections from year three - by Judith Thompson

I realize there is a thread here that runs through my annual reflection marked by the day of Harold’s passing (June 20, 2015) . It’s the thread of time and no time; and it is still, for me, the frame within which grief, loss and healing exist. Last year’s post was entitled Living to the… Continue reading

Happy New Year! Looking back on 2017 and forward to 2018 - by Judith Thompson

As the New Year unfolds,  we look back on 2017,  which  was a year of exciting developments for the Harold Feinstein Photography studio. Beautifully mounted exhibitions in Paris and Istanbul accompanied by significant media attention,  a public preview of clips from the up-coming documentary at Photo London,  the launch of our YouTube channel with clips… Continue reading

The Broken Christ: On compassion and the nature of this earthly life - by Judith Thompson

And Jesus was a sailor When he walked upon the water And he spent a long time watching From his lonely wooden tower And when he knew for certain Only drowning men could see him He said “All men will be sailors then Until the sea shall free them” But he himself was broken Long… Continue reading

Updates from The Harold Feinstein studio: Several shows, a book, the film, a new studio, a new home! - by Judith Thompson

It’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me and there are good reasons for that. I sold our house of 17 years and have been doing nothing but pack for weeks now. The closing date is August 30th. A new studio has been built and last weekend saw the final move of studio contents into… Continue reading

Passover, Easter and the promise of new life! - by Harold Feinstein

Happy Passover and Happy Easter to those who celebrate. Or, I could say Happy Spring! Even though it’s been the longest winter I can remember and outside my window there’s still way too much snow on the ground, the promise of new life is there. And that seems to be the message of these two… Continue reading