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Harold Feinstein (03:22)


A photographer can chart his or her artistic course. Feinstein's works include "Beauty Parlor Window," "Window Washer," "Girl in Harlem Window," and more. Experts reflect on his style and skill. (Credits)

Coney Island (07:25)

The area is Feinstein's first destination when he begins taking pictures. He reflects on capturing images of people and activities. Experts discuss Feinstein's approach and ability to capture the essence of New York.

Brooklyn, New York (05:31)

Feinstein's parents move to Benshonhurst from Eastern Europe. Feinstein recalls playing stickball, fearing his father, hero worshiping his brother, and developing an interest in photography. Feinstein moves out of the house at age 15.

"Social Photography" (05:09)

Feinstein wants to capture life as it is. Experts discuss his outlook, talent, and the Photo League. At age 19, Feinstein sells two photographs to Edward Steichen.

Korean War (04:49)

Clark Macomber recalls watching an albatross and meeting Feinstein. Feinstein photographs draftees, capturing their emotions and revealing aspects of a soldier's daily life.

Manhattan, New York (06:50)

Feinstein and other artists take residence in a loft building on 6th Ave; he recalls producing album covers for Blue Note. Feinstein takes various street photographs. His prints exhibit deep tonalities.

"The Family of Man" (02:57)

In the 1950s, Feinstein publishes images and exhibits several prints. Steichen asks him to participate in a touring exhibition. Feinstein refuses to relinquish artistic control and withdraws, negatively impacting his career.

Photography Teacher (08:47)

Dorrie Glen-Woodon recalls a two year period with Feinstein. Feinstein moves to Philadelphia and begins teaching. Former students recall his teaching methods and influence. Gjon Feinstein reads a poem written by his father.

Feinstein's Mental Health (05:04)

Glen-Woodon and Feinstein separate, but co-parent their children. Feinstein struggles with alcoholism and addiction-related issues. Experts discuss his photographs of children.

Exposing Feinstein's Work (05:47)

Jason Landry recalls seeing Feinstein's photographs and working to get his images published. Galleries around the world exhibit Feinstein's work.

Coney Island: July 2014 (03:03)

Feinstein reflects on goodbyes, seeing life through an artistic lens, and appreciating his gift. His art reveals who he is as a person.

Credits: The Man Who Shot New York (01:02)

Credits: The Man Who Shot New York

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The Man Who Shot New York

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The Man Who Shot New York explores the life and work of one of America’s master photographers, Harold Feinstein. In his 2015 obituary, the New York Times declared him “one of the most accomplished recorders of the American experience.” Howard Greenberg says Feinstein “occupies high ground in the pantheon of street photography” yet, most people have never heard of him. Feinstein photographed life in all its forms, when and where he wished. His 35mm black and white photographs captured the essence of life with a humanist eye. The re-discovery of Feinstein’s vast and diverse body of work came in his final years and the film meets him then; in his early 80s and with a Zen-like appreciation for the life he lived. A renowned teacher and spiritual guide with a hedonistic appetite for life, Feinstein is remembered as a guru as well as an artist. With unrestricted access to his archive, much of it unseen before, the film shows how Feinstein’s unique outlook on life was reflected in his life-affirming photography.

Length: 61 minutes

Item#: BVL210648

ISBN: 979-8-89206-510-8

Copyright date: ©2017

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