Free Screening: Last Stop Coney Island
Please join us for a special night of film and discussion about the incredible life and career of master photographer Harold Feinstein. The evening will begin with a screening of director Andy Dunn’s independent documentary feature LAST STOP CONEY ISLAND: The Life & Photography of Harold Feinstein. A discussion and Q&A with Judith Thompson, Director of the Harold Feinstein Photography Trust will follow.
About The Film:
In his 2015 obituary, The New York Times declared Harold Feinstein “one of the most accomplished recorders of the American experience.” Throughout the 1950s he was frequently exhibiting with contemporaries such as Garry Winogrand, and Saul Leiter, and collaborating on projects with his close friend W. Eugene Smith. Gallerist Howard Greenberg says Feinstein “occupies high ground in the pantheon of street photography.”
A master of black and white street photography, Harold Feinstein’s career spanned over six decades from the late 1940s until the end of his life in 2015. However, after early prominence in the nascent New York photography scene — including having work acquired by Edward Steichen for MoMA at the age of 19 — Feinstein turned away from the limelight and was all but forgotten… until now.
A true artist with a unique and inspiring philosophy on life, Feinstein only began to receive the recognition he deserved toward the end of his life. That is where the film finds him before re-tracing his story through the lens of his diverse body of work, much of which has never before been seen.
Through the testimonials of friends, lovers, family members and photography experts, this atmospheric film paints an intimate yet honest portrait of this complex and inspirational underdog of 20th century photography — a true original whose philosophy on life is as thrilling to discover now as it was in his prime.
LAST STOP CONEY ISLAND: The Life & Photography of Harold Feinstein celebrates his life-affirming, humanistic appreciation for the beauty he saw in all people and the world around him.
Visit www.feinsteinfilm.com for more information.