Feldstein, whose parents were German Jews, often remarked that he just happened to be born in Milan, where his family were located during their emigration from Nazi Germany to the United States. He grew up in New York City and earned art degrees from Hunter College where he studied with Robert Motherwell.
Around 1970, after ten years as a painter, he turned to photography. He later joined the Hunter College faculty as a photography professor, teaching along with Roy DeCarava.
He created the scenic photography for the Broadway musical, The Tap Dance Kid, which ran from December 21, 1983 through August 11, 1985, featuring Savion Glover in the title role. At this time he was also conducting workshops for Olden Camera. He inspired countless photographers[clarification needed] with his insights into street photography.
- Unseen New York, Dover Publications (January, 1975) ISBN 0-486-20166-X
- Sightings, Chelsea House Publishers (January 1977) ISBN 0-87754-053-5
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