Unwrapping the Gift of Life

Celebrating the Work and Wisdom of Photographer, Harold Feinstein

This event is supported in part by the Firehouse Community Grant Program which grants six Greater Newburyport non-profit organizations complimentary use of their historic facility annually.

$10.00 All Seats

For innovators of all ages!
On the one-year anniversary of Harold Feinstein's passing, the local arts community commemorates his legacy through a number of cultural events. An exhibition of his work will open at Sweethaven Gallery on June 15 (reception on the 18th), followed by this public event at the Firehouse on June 29th which will feature special guest, Sarah Kennel, photography curator at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Judith Thompson, Harold Feinstein's wife and Director, Harold Feinstein Photography Trust
Sarah Kennel, Photography Curator, Peabody Essex Museum
Tony Decaneas, Owner, Decaneas Archive
Elin Spring, Renowned Writer of the Photography Blog: "What Will You Remember"

This lecture series is the third lecture in an ongoing exploration of the importance of a partnership between innovation and creativity. Funds raised from this event will go towards the creation of an innovation and creativity lab in Amesbury.

Click here for a great article in The Boston Globe about this event!

About Harold Feinstein:
When master photographer Harold Feinstein passed away in June 2015,  the New York Times declared him “one of the most accomplished recorders of the American experience.” The Boston Globe said: “He saw more than most. Though critics began applying the phrase ‘master photographer’ to Mr. Feinstein when he was only in his 20s, he might have argued that his true mastery lay in his approach to life, as expressed through the camera in his hands.”  In her renowned Photography Blog,  Elin Spring,  commented: “Feinstein had a genius for guiding us to the beauty in others in the same gifted way that Diane Arbus made us aware of their flaws or Garry Winogrand conveyed satire. To me, Feinstein’s great legacy will be his generous and touching reflection of our best selves.”

Feinstein was born in Coney Island in 1931 and began photographing in 1946 when he was 15.  By the time he was 19, Edward Steichen had purchased his work for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art making him the youngest person to be so honored.  Before the age of 30 he had become the youngest member of the historic  Photo League, a designer for Blue Note jazz records, an original inhabitants of New York’s legendary “Jazz Loft” and a collaborator with W. Eugene Smith. He was also a renowned teacher who influenced generations of photographers.

While he is best known for his Coney Island work, which spans six decades, his breadth and exposure is far greater, encompassing classic street photography, the Korean War, nudes and portraits as well as digital color still life work published in seven books.  In 2000 he received the Smithsonian Computerworld Award for his breakthrough work with scanography.  In 2011, he received the Living Legend award from the Griffin Museum of Photography.  His most recent book Harold Feinstein: Retrospective, (Nazareli, 2012) won a PDN photo book of the year award in 2013.

His work is owned by museums worldwide including The Museum of Modern Art, The International Center for Photography, The George Eastman House, The Museum of the City of New York, and over two dozen others.  Currently two documentaries are in progress about his life.  This year retrospectives are exhibiting in Europe and the U.S.

About this event:
This presentation parallels an exhibit of Feinstein's work located at Sweethaven Gallery.  The exhibit is co-sponsored by Greg Nikas, of Sweethaven Gallery in Newburyport, Asia Scudder of Blue Wave Art Gallery of Amesbury and Chestnut Innovation Center (Newburyport Clean Tech Center).


This event is supported in part by the Firehouse Community Grant Program which grants six Greater Newburyport non-profit organizations complimentary use of their historic facility annually.


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