Harold Feinstein

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Harold Feinstein
Born (1931-04-17) April 17, 1931 (age 84)
Brooklyn, NY
Occupation photographer

Harold Feinstein (born 1931) is an American photographer.


Harold Feinstein was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1931. At the age of 15 he began photographing. He joined the Photo League where he received his photography education. By 19 he was considered a young prodigy in the field, having his work purchased by Edward Steichen for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.[1] Feinstein had his first exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1954 and at the Museum of Modern Art in 1957.[2] His career has spanned the greater part of the twentieth century, from his most notable work documenting Coney Island,[3] New York, to his more recent color photographs of Flowers and seashells.[4] His portfolios cover an expansive range of subject matters beyond these, including his photo essays from the Korean War, documentary street work, nudes, landscapes, and still life.[5]

In his early years, Feinstein collaborated closely with W. Eugene Smith, for whom he did the extensive layout of Smith's famous "Pittsburgh Essay." Smith said of Feinstein's work, "He is one of the very few photographers I have known, or have been influenced by, with the ability to reveal the familiar to me in a beautifully new, in a strong and honest way."[6]

Feinstein is considered[who?] one of the New York School photographers, working from the 1930s to 1960s when photographers captured the essence of 20th century New York City during a period of turbulent changes.[7] He is represented by the Panopticon Gallery.[8]

Permanent collections[edit]

Feistein's work is in permanent collections in the Museum of Modern Art, the International Center of Photography, The Jewish Museum, the George Eastman House, Museum of Photographic Arts, and the Museum of the City of New York. His portfolios, photo essays, and articles have been published in major periodicals around the world including, LIFE, Aperture, Audubon, Connoisseur, L'Illustriazione, and Popular Photography.



  1. ^ "Biography". Haroldfeinstein.com. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  2. ^ Harold Feinstein bio at The Jewish Museum
  3. ^ "ConeyIsland1". Haroldfeinstein.com. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  4. ^ "ColorPortfolios". Haroldfeinstein.com. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  5. ^ Harold Feinstein. ArtInAClick.com
  6. ^ "Harold Feinstein Retrospective « Photocritic International". Nearbycafe.com. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  7. ^ "On the Street: The New York School of Photographers". Tfaoi.com. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  8. ^ "Harold Feinstein". Panopticon Gallery. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 


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