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We are publishing 1,000 copies of a 200 page hardcover retrospective of Harold Feinstein's classic black & white photographs.

About the project

We plan to raise the funds to design, edit and publish 1,000 copies of a 200+ page large square hardcover retrospective of Harold Feinstein's classic and historically important black & white photographs. 

Why are we making this book.

Harold Feinstein is a living legend in the world of photography.  At 80 years old, with 60+ years in photography, he has yet to have a monograph printed of his classic black & white photographs.  We want Harold’s photographic legacy to be documented and available for everyone to appreciate his contribution to American 20th century photographic history.

Artist Statement

Harold Feinstein’s photographic career began in 1946. Before the age of 20, Edward Steichen had purchased his work for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and exhibited it frequently. In the early 1950's Steichen approached Feinstein and asked if he would like to be included in The Family of Man exhibition.  Feinstein, feeling very puritanical said, "Look, a museum is a place where they should just show work because it is art, not because it fits I to a theme." And with that, withheld this work from the exhibition, changing the course of his photographic history forever.

Harold was an integral member of the New York Photo League. He exhibited at Helen Gee's Limelight Gallery in NYC, hung out with photographers including Helen Levitt, Weegee, Garry Winogrand and W. Eugene Smith.

Harold is renowned for his 40-year photographic love affair with Coney Island.  Harold’s photos capture America playing, relaxing, and falling in love on the boardwalk and the beach at Coney Island.

As a soldier in Korea, Harold was able to experience and document firsthand, the integration of the American armed services. His images are a unique and irreplaceable historical document of this pivotal time in America’s military history.

Harold’s extensive body of work also includes New York City street photos, nudes, and still life imagery. All of which capture 20th century American history from his personal perspective.

Harold’s photographs have been exhibited and are represented in the permanent collections of major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, International Center of Photography, George Eastman House, The Museum of Photographic Arts, Musee d’Art Moderne and the Museum for the City of New York.

How the funding will help?

This hardbound book will cost $42,000 to print.  The cost includes:

--creating master scans of the 200+ plates for the book.

--editing and preparation of the scans

--overall content and design development

--laying out the book

--two rounds of revisions

--printing of the book to include 200+ varnished quadtone images

--packaging and shipping 1,000 shrink wrapped books

--warehouse storage of printed books

--shipping to YOU, Harold's potential investors

--sales, marketing, and advertising the book

--2012 exhibition invitations

We have established a team of designers, writers, and production professionals who will assist with all stages of this book project.  We are determined to make this happen, and so is Harold.  Please join us in this historically and artistically important project.

To see some of Harold's classic images, visit: http://www.panopticongallery.com/artist/harold_feinstein/

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    For your kind donation, you will receive a Thank You postcard for participating in this project signed by Harold Feinstein.

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    Harold cannot thank you enough. For your generous donation, you will receive a signed copy of the monograph upon completion of printing in 2012 along with a signed, 16x20" gelatin silver print of an image from the monograph, an acknowledgment in the monograph of being one of the supporters, as well as an invite to a private book launch party in 2012.

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