While those other discoveries bide their sweet time, I've been digging through Feinstein's Panopticon portfolio. Generally I'd lump his photos with the mid-century concerned photographers: Sharply seen B/W documentary with feeling. But while most Photo Leaguers gave up the ghost long ago, Feinstein just kept going, developing a playful street edge that for me puts his work a notch above typical humanist photography. This one is from 1995:
Feinstein's street portfolio has several such shots, some of which seem to be direct antecedents of today's street scene. When I saw this one I felt a sense of Déjà Vu.
It took me a moment to realize I'd seen the same man before in a David Solomons photo:
Of course it's not the same man, but the similarity is a bit unnerving. Then I found this one,
Which reminded me very much of a Gus Powell photo:
Now the hunt was on. I started matching Feinstein with some of my favorite In-Public photos.
What's my point exactly? That great minds think alike? That classic subject matter never goes out of style? No. I wouldn't read anything too deep into these pairings. I just enjoy matching things up. I can't help myself. I think my tombstone will probably be designed to match those nearby. Until that happens, other discoveries await.