“I find the most pride and joy in all of it,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Being paid to do what you love is, of course, marvelous and gaining recognition along with it is better yet.”
The public can hear more about Feinstein’s distinguished career when the photographer gives the first presentation in a new series at The Actors Studio of Newburyport. The program, “Art Changes Everything: The Lens Through Which You View The World” begins on Sunday and will be held on the fourth Sunday of each month through April.
Each session will feature a presentation by a local photographer, followed by a question-and-answer period with the audience. An exhibit of their work will also be on display. Topics will include how photographers approach the ever-changing art form and the nuances of working in this field. “I will share reflections on my life as a photographer and teacher, both of which I love dearly and will engage people in sharing thoughts about creative process,” Feinstein said. “I’ve taught for over 60 years and much of my teaching is about how to liberate ourselves to discover our creativity.”
Actors Studio owner Marc Clopton said Feinstein is the perfect person to launch the new series.
“He’s a living legend,” Clopton said. “He’s a major influence in photography. He has six decades of experience and productivity to share.”
Each of the photographic artists will discuss their specialty, he said, as they are all quite different from each other. The theme of the series will be to look through the camera lens and the way that one views the world, Clopton said.
In February, Beverly photographer Barbara Peacock will give a talk about her Nightingale Project, through which she taught art and photography to children in Cambodia; in March, York, Maine photographer Joanne Arnold will discuss her experiences capturing images in nature and her daily practice of photographing the sunrise during her morning meditation, and Jeremy Barnard, of Georgetown, will be the final speaker in April as he discusses digital technology and landscape photography.