Harold Feinstein (1931-2015) began his career in photography in 1946 at the age of 15 and within four short years, Edward Steichen, an early supporter, had purchased his work for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). He joined the Photo League at 17 and became a prominent figure in the vanguard of the early New York City street photography scene. He was one of the original inhabitants of the legendary « Jazz Loft » which he later turned over to his long-time collaborator and colleague W. Eugene Smith. Feinstein had his first exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1954 and his first exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1957. While his Coney Island work has been much celebrated, Feinstein’s breadth and exposure are far greater. He has a large collection of classic street photography, nudes, portraits and still life. His first black and white monograph, « Harold Feinstein, A Retrospective », was published in 2012 by Nazraeli Press and won a Photo District News 2013 award in the Best Photo Books category. Feinstein’s photographs have been exhibited in and are represented in the permanent collections of major museums around the globe including the Museum of Modern Art, International Center of Photography, George Eastman House, Museum of Photographic Arts, Center for Creative Photography, Musée d’Art Moderne, the Jewish Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York. His portfolios, photo essays, and articles have been published in major periodicals including, LIFE, Aperture, Black and White, Camera Arts, The New York Times Magazine, American Photo, Oprah Magazine, Evergreen Review, Photography Annual, Modern Photography and Popular Photography. In 2011 at the age of 80, he was given « The Living Legend Award » by the Griffin Museum of Photography.
The photograph is particularly rare, not only because it has almost never been shown, but also because it stands out form the rest of Harold Feinstein's lifetime body of work. We present it as a special bonus print to complement the gallery's current exhibition "Graciously Yours". It was taken in 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The subjects are a couple who were friends of Harold Feinstein’s as he was teaching at the Philadelphia Museum School at the time.
This is a rare and real vintage print, made by Harold Feinstein in 1965 when the shot was taken. It is 11”x14”, with an image size of 8.625” x 13” with a black border (not included in the image measurement). As far as we know, only three prints were made then and none have been made afterwards.
Lovers Recline (1965)
Vintage silver gelatin print made by the artist (1965)
Paper size: 11 x 14 in - Image size: 8.625 x 13 in
Signed and dated at recto
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