April 17, 1931|
Brooklyn, New York
|Died||June 20, 2015
|Notable work||Harold Feinstein: A Retrospective (2012)|
Feinstein was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1931. At the age of 15 he began to practice photography. He joined the Photo League where he received his education in the field. By 19 he had his work purchased by Edward Steichen for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.[better source needed] Feinstein had his first exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1954 and at the Museum of Modern Art in 1957.[dead link]
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."
His career spanned the greater part of the twentieth century, from his most notable work documenting Coney Island, New York, to his more recent color photographs of flowers and seashells. His portfolios cover an expansive range of subject matter beyond these, including his photo essays from the Korean War, documentary street work, nudes, landscapes, and still life. His portfolios, photo essays, and articles have been published in Life, Aperture, Audubon, Connoisseur, L'Illustriazione, and Popular Photography.
- One Hundred Flowers. Boston: Little, Brown, 2000. ISBN 9780821226650.
- Foliage. Boston: Little, Brown, 2001. ISBN 9780821227398.
- The Infinite Rose. Boston: Bulfinch, 2004. ISBN 9780821228753.
- The Infinite Tulip. Boston: Bulfinch, 2004. ISBN 9780821228746
- One Hundred Seashells. New York: Bulfinch, 2005. ISBN 9780821262061.
- Orchidelirium. New York: Bulfinch, 2006. ISBN 9780821262054.
- One Hundred Butterflies. New York: Little, Brown, 2009. ISBN 9780316033633.
- Harold Feinstein: A Retrospective. Portland, OR: Nazraeli, 2012. ISBN 9781590053690.
- Saying Yes. Portland, OR: Blue Sky Books, 2016.
Feistein's work is held in the following permanent collections:
- Museum of Modern Art
- International Center of Photography
- The Jewish Museum
- George Eastman House
- Museum of Photographic Arts
- Museum of the City of New York
- Popham, Peter "Coney island kid: Harold Feinstein took some of the great photographs of New York at play.". 2 September 2012.
- "Obituary: NYC Street Photographer Harold Feinstein, 84". Photo District News.(subscription required)
- "Bio". Haroldfeinstein.com. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
- Harold Feinstein bio at The Jewish Museum
- A. D. Coleman. "Harold Feinstein Retrospective". Photocritic International. The Nearby Café. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
- Harold Feinstein. ArtInAClick.com (subscription required)
- Evan Sklar, "With Feinstein Retrospective, a Bygone Era", New York Times, 10 October 2011.
- "On the Street: The New York School of Photographers". Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc. Retrieved 2012-01-19.