Harold Feinstein
Last Stop
Coney Island

  • United Kingdom
  • en
  • en
  • 88'
Harold Feinstein | Last Stop Coney Island


A soft and merry gaze atop a broad smile: the first thing that strikes one about Harold Feinstein (1931-2015) is his cheerfulness. His love for life is as contagious as his images, which imprint themselves forever in the mind. For sixty years, the American photographer captured the humanity around him in shots that are at once tender, whimsical, and elegant. From Coney Island, where he was born, to Europe, through the Korean War, the bohemian Manhattan of the post-war era, his years as a passionate teacher, and his experimental work, Andy Dunn delivers a touching portrait of this American Cartier-Bresson, to be discovered or rediscovered.

What you will find in this film

Black and white photography - The New York School of Photography - Street photography - An empathetic eye - New York through the 20th century - Entrance to MoMA at 19 - The Photo League - The energy of Coney Island - Male complicity during the war - Fathers and sons - Happy childhoods and more difficult ones - Jazz covers - Women - A friendship with Eugene Smith - An exceptional photographer - Experimental work - Life through thick and thin

With a camera, just as with a poet with a pencil and a pad you have the whole world in front of you, I mean your destiny, your life, you can chart your course.
I was meticulous, even though I worked quickly. I worked quickly because photography is about that moment and that of course is the magic of photography. Nothing precedes it or comes in afterwards. It’s that one moment when your mouth drops open with the shutter. Hello, that’s it.
You have to see people through the eyes of someone who loves them.

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