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HAROLD FEINSTEIN
[b. 1931] American photographer
On one hand you want to see your subject well. On the other hand, you want to be caught off guard to retain the spontaneity. If you know your subject too well you stop seeing it. - Harold Feinstein

When your mouth drops open, click the shutter. - Harold Feinstein

I feel like I fell out of my mother’s womb onto the beach at Coney Island with a Nathan’s hot dog in my hand. - Harold Feinstein

Unless a subject interests me, I’ll pass it over and save my film for better things. - Harold Feinstein

[W]e have ceased to see the life in which we live. It is my intent to cause the viewer to revisit the gifts we are surrounded by and see them as if for the first time. - Harold Feinstein

"When your mouth drops open, click the shutter." That will lead you to your particular way of seeing. That's what it's about. Being free enough to trust your inclination to trust an impulse and just go with it. - Harold Feinstein - On the question: "What is the most important lesson today's photography student or emerging photographer should know?" From the book: Instant Connections: Essays and Interviews on Photography by Jason Landry

I love this life. I feel like I am always catching my breath and saying, ‘Oh! Will you look at that?’ Photography has been my way of bearing witness to the joy I find in seeing the extraordinary in ordinary life. You don’t look for pictures. Your pictures are looking for you. - Harold Feinstein

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