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Galerie Thierry Bigaignon

Galerie Thierry Bigaignon

Paris - France

The Harold Feinstein Retrospective, Part I

Paris From 3 February to 30 April 2017

Presentation
Harold Feinstein, the renaissance of a photography prodigy!

When he died in June 2015 at the age of 84, the New York Times declared Harold Feinstein “one of the most accomplished recorders of the American experience.” His work is owned by prestigious museums, corporations and private collectors, yet this great artist is practically unknown in Europe. Galerie Thierry Bigaignon aims to change that by presenting an exceptional retrospective of his work that will span several years — a first of its kind in Europe.

Feinstein was born in Coney Island in 1931. At the age of 15 he dropped out of school and began photographing his native Coney Island. By the age of 19, Edward Steichen had purchased his work for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA), making him the youngest person to be so honored. Indeed, the photography world at the time considered him a child prodigy.

At 17, he became the youngest member of the historic Photo League founded by Sid Grossman. In 1954, upon returning from the Korean War at the age of 23, he became one of the original inhabitants of the legendary “Jazz Loft”. He later turned over his loft space to his good friend and colleague W. Eugene Smith with whom he worked closely on the famous Pittsburgh Project. Eugene Smith would later say about him: “Harold Feinstein is one of the very few photographers I have known or have been influenced by with the ability to reveal the familiar to me as beautifully new, in a strong and honest way”.

As a representative of the so-called 'New York school of photography', Feinstein spent six decades photographing the streets of New York and became known for his appreciative and empathic portrayal of the human condition. Though his Coney Island work has been much celebrated, Feinstein's breadth and exposure is far greater, including a large body of classic street photography, nudes, portraits, still life and an intimate portrayal of the life of a conscripted soldier during the Korean War.
Former New York Times critic and historian A.D. Coleman wrote: "Harold Feinstein is a true photographer’s photographer, and one of the most seriously under-recognized senior figures in U.S. photography". Thierry Bigaignon adds: « Harold is no doubt one of the masters of the 20th century. Just like Vivian Maier whose photographs were only unveiled after her death or Jacques-Henri Lartigue whose talent was discovered at 70 years old, Harold’s remarkable work is now being re-discovered by the art world. Anyone who gets a chance to hold Harold’s prints in their hands, will begin to understand what the world has been missing. They are masterpieces. »

The Galerie Thierry Bigaignon is happy to be introducing Harold Feinstein's immeasurable talent and legacy to a new audience, preparing for his ‘renaissance’. Its retrospective will span over several years. The first part of which will be dedicated to the early years of Harold Feinstein's work (1940’s and 1950’s) with a selection of black and white photographs full of humanist qualities and contagious optimism.

• 35 original black and white photographs, signed et numbered
• 16x20inch (approx. 40x50cm)
• Limited edition
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  • 9 rue Charlot
    75003, Paris
    France
    0183560582

    Schedules

    Monday

    closed

    Tuesday

    closed - 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Wednesday

    closed - 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Thursday

    closed - 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Friday

    closed - 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Saturday

    closed - 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Sunday

    closed

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Harold Feinstein, Coney Island Teenagers, Photography

Harold Feinstein

Coney Island Teenagers, 1949
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$5,900

Harold Feinstein, Sharing a Public Bench, Photography

Harold Feinstein

Sharing a Public Bench, 1949
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$5,192

Harold Feinstein, Cramped Quarters, Photography

Harold Feinstein

Cramped Quarters, 1952
20 x 16 inch
Photography

$5,900

Harold Feinstein, Angled Pier with Shadows, Photography

Harold Feinstein

Angled Pier with Shadows, 1950
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$6,490

Harold Feinstein, Blanket Toss, Photography

Harold Feinstein

Blanket Toss, 1955
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$6,490

Harold Feinstein, Coke Sign on the Boardwalk, Photography

Harold Feinstein

Coke Sign on the Boardwalk, 1949
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$5,192

Harold Feinstein, Man and Wife Drinking Krueger Beer, Coney Island, Photography

Harold Feinstein

Man and Wife Drinking Krueger Beer, Coney Island, 1952
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$4,366

Harold Feinstein, Two Men and a Boy Contemplate, Photography

Harold Feinstein

Two Men and a Boy Contemplate, 1950
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$7,553

Harold Feinstein, Kids Ride the Whip, Photography

Harold Feinstein

Kids Ride the Whip, 1950
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$6,490

Harold Feinstein, Girl in Harlem Window, Photography

Harold Feinstein

Girl in Harlem Window, 1954
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$5,900

Harold Feinstein, Pigeons, Photography

Harold Feinstein

Pigeons, 1956
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$5,900

Harold Feinstein, Sheep Under Clouds, Photography

Harold Feinstein

Sheep Under Clouds, 1957
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$4,366

Harold Feinstein, Young Girl in Fur Coat, Photography

Harold Feinstein

Young Girl in Fur Coat, 1950
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$4,366

Harold Feinstein, Broken Christ with Children, Coney Island, Photography

Harold Feinstein

Broken Christ with Children, Coney Island, 1950
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$5,192

Harold Feinstein, Boy With Gumball Machine, Photography

Harold Feinstein

Boy With Gumball Machine, 1950
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$6,490

Harold Feinstein, Sightseeing Bus NYC, Photography

Harold Feinstein

Sightseeing Bus NYC, 1956
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$6,490

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