WORCESTER, Mass. – A Garden of Psalms: Photographs and Words, an exhibition by Harold Feinstein, will run from Tuesday, Jan. 26 to Feb. 28, in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at Holy Cross. There will be an opening reception on Jan. 26, from 4:30-6 p.m. in the gallery, located in O’Kane Hall.
Feinstein will talk about his work in the gallery on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 12 p.m. Admission to all events is free and open to the public.
“A Garden of Psalms” is a series of digital images of flowers and other plant forms accompanied by brief “songs.” These color prints (variously Kodak Pegasus, IRIS and Epson prints) are startling in their intensity and, at the same time, deeply meditative. They offer the viewer a sharply focused distallation of the complexity of the natural world with all its variety, rationality and accident.
Famous as a photographer of New York City street life, he is perhaps best known for his photographs of Coney Island taken over the course of five decades. Other black and white portfolios include photographs from the Korean War as well as landscapes. The subjects of his color work range from the natural forms of flowers and seashells to the created form of architecture and the sculpture of Auguste Rodin.
His work has been widely exhibited and published. Recent exhibitions include Metropolis – City of Light at New York’s Municipal Art Society in 1995 and A Coney Island of the Heart at the International Center of Photography in 1990. His photo essays have been published in a number of major periodicals, including Life, Audubon, and Connoisseur. By the time he was 19, his work had been purchased by Edward Steichen for the permanent collection of many international institutions.
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