Retrospective on Barry Feinstein at the Carispezia Foundation

In the Carispezia Foundation, from April 14 until June 30, 2019, some of the most iconic shots by the American photographer are on display.

In front of the lens of Barry Feinstein the greatest celebrities of Hollywood and of music not only made in the USA have come and gone. Between the 50s and 70s of the last century, the photographer contributed to spreading the image of the most loved characters through the covers of magazines and LP covers, but also with shots taken out of the limelight, which revealed the aspects more hidden, the most intimate jet set souls.

Of him, who accompanied him on the European tour, Bob Dylan said he was a “really great” photographer. And certainly to Feinstein the minstrel of rock owed the diffusion of the images that portrayed him in the most tested moments, far from the crowds that acclimate him and seemed to annoy him, and so we remember him thanks to Feinstein.

And to him many rock stars entrusted the photography of their albums, which magically became historical. Eric Clapton almost frightened, staring straight ahead, George Harrison surrounded by a series of garden dwarfs, perhaps a metaphor of the Beatles, or perhaps simply a shot that depicts him into his most intimately loved environment: the garden; Janis Joplin in a flirtatious and colorful version, B.B King with the inseparable guitar, Aretha Franklin and her photographed voice.

We are talking about a different era from the current one, an era in which the cover of the most loved LP was filmed and turned thousands of times in the hands until it became historical not only for the iconography of rock but for our own life. In those images, perhaps the secrets were hidden to understand the notes, the most personal meaning that was hidden in them, and the images became one with the music.

Even today it may be so, but let’s face it, our addiction to the image, at least fifty years later, makes everything less romantic.


Not just music: Hollywood, the White House and fashion in Feinstein’s shots

Some of the most well-known photographs of US presidents such as John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Richard Nixon were taken by Feinstein, and from 1955 in the role of assistant photographer for Life, Time, Esquire and Newsweek magazine, and then as a freelancer he worked with all the Hollywood jet set , including Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Charlton Heston, Jayne Mansfield and Steve McQueen, of which he was a friend of motorcycles.

Through sophisticated black and white and color shots, FEinstein also managed to attract the attention of the Magnum Photos agency with which he worked constantly over the years to become the celebrity photographer.

The essence of the story and the stories is beautifully represented in the most famous photographs: the pills on the bedside table by Marylin Monroe, photographed on a tragic morning, in a delicate yet powerful image.

The legendary Monterey Pop Festival and Jimi Hendrix almost possessed that burned the guitar on stage inciting the flames resumed as only great skill and confidence in handling the machine can do.

The exhibition at the Fondazione Carispezia

BARRY FEINSTEIN. A Retrospective
Fondazione Carispezia
La Spezia, via D. Chiodo 36

inauguration Saturday 13 April 2019, 6.30 pm

From April 14th to June 30th 2019

opening time

Monday to Friday 10.00am-1.00pm e

16:00 to 20:00

Saturday and Sunday 10.00-20.00

Free admission


Carispezia Foundation

tel. 0187 258617


The exhibition is accompanied by a homonymous catalog available at the exhibition bookshop.

Letizia Bordoni



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