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Barry Feinstein: sixty years among the stars


In La Spezia is now taking place the first Italian retrospective dedicated to Barry Feinstein, American photographer who captured the big names of Hollywood of 1950s and the most important performers of 60s and 70s.

Throughout a career that has lasted 60 years he has captured the big names of Hollywood of 1950s and the most important performers of 60s and 70s. We are talking about Barry Feinstein, American photographer born in Philadelphia (and passed away in Woodstock in 2011) to whom Fondazione Carispezia (via D. Chiodo no. 36) in La Spezia has dedicated the first Italian retrospective retracing his long career started supporting Ike Vern, photographer of Life and later, from1955 to 1957, becoming camera assistant of Louis Kellman Productions.

The number of celebrities who posed in front of Feinstein’s lens is really amazing: Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Janis Joplin, Steve McQueen, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, George Harrison, Marlon Brando, Eric Clapton, up to the U.S. presidents John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Richard Nixon and we could mention many more. The involvement of Feinstein in the music world actualised also in the making of over 500 album covers that have marked contemporary music, such as “Pearl” by Janis Joplin, “The Times They Are a-Changin’” by Bob Dylan, All Things Must Pass by George Harrison, “Beggars Banquet” by The Rolling Stones and “Ringo” by Ringo Starr. The exhibition “Barry Feinstein A Retrospective” now being held inLa Spezia shows 45 black and white and color pictures dedicated to the main leaders of the international movies and music culture: from Marlene Dietrich to Bob Dylan, from Janis Joplin to Steve McQueen, from Aretha Franklin to George Harrison, from Marlon Brando to Eric Clapton. The photos exhibited were selected with the help of Judith Jamison, Feinstein’s widow and executor of the Barry Feinstein Estate. All the snapshots, some of which were restored on the occasion of this exhibition, were printed by Pete Mauney, historic partner of Feinstein. The exhibition will be open until 30thJune.

Above: Steve McQueen, Riverside Race track, California, 1963. Barry Feinstein Photography Inc. 2019. All rights reserved