I (Jim Fitts, Head Photoweenie) am very proud to announce that a recent book project I worked on has been chosen by PDN Magazine as one of the best photo books of 2013. The book is Harold Feinstein: A Retrospective.
To complete the book took several years of dedicated work, and a terrific team. Jason Landry, Phillip Prodger, and, of course, Harold and the Feinstein Dream Team (Judith and Cherie) were the core drivers of the project.
Jim, Harold, Cherie, and Judith
Jason and Harold
The story behind how it came about is quite unique and I wrote about it in my foreword to the book.
“I’m driving back from Merrimac, Massachusetts to my home in Boston and my head is swimming. I’ve just seen hundreds (perhaps it was thousands) of prints and contact sheets taken by a photographer that until a few months ago I knew nothing about.
The photographer’s name is Harold Feinstein.
Is Harold’s work as remarkable as I think it is? Are the photos as important as I think they are? How can I insure that people get to see them?
I’ve collected fine art photography for over 40 years and I think my judgment of quality is pretty sound, but I’m smart enough to know that it’s prudent to have someone you trust confirm your opinion. One week later I am back in Merrimac looking at Harold’s black and white prints with the one friend whose eye I trust emphatically.
This time, on the drive back to Boston, both our heads are swimming. It turns out we both saw the same brilliant qualities in Harold’s work.
A few years have passed and a dedicated team of Harold’s admirers has worked hard to put together the book you are holding. This book is not meant to be an all-inclusive catalog of Harold’s six decades of black and white work – it would take a much larger and heavier volume to accomplish that – but we hope that these 80 images will give you a sense of the wonder and inspiration we see at the heart of Harold’s work.”
A select number of Harold’s images will be in the Summer Salon exhibition in the private room at Panopticon Gallery from July 12 – September 10th. They also have a limited supply of signed copies of Harold Feinstein: A Retrospective.
You can see the entire list of PDN’s best photo books of 2013 here.
You can see a list of this year’s judges here.
You can purchase a copy of the book here.
You can see more of Harold’s work here.
Title: Harold Feinstein: A Retrospective
Publisher: Nazraeli Press
Creative Team: Jim Fitts, Jason Landry (Panopticon Gallery) and Chris Pichler (Nazraeli Press)