The New York Photographer’s Travel Guide

The Best Places to Photograph from a Professional Photographer, Tour Guide, and Lifelong New Yorker

The New York Photographer's Travel GuidePhotograph the Best of New York City

Traveling to New York? Want to know where to go to photograph the best that New York City has to offer, including both the grand iconic architecture and the off-the-beaten path locations? Want to return with extraordinary photos that capture the real New York?

Written by James Maher, a professional street and architecture photographer, a certified NYC tour guide, a photography educator, and a lifelong New Yorker, this guide will cover the most exciting locations to explore and capture New York. Included is a link to a Google Map that has every location mentioned in the book, so you can put it on your phone and always know where to go. Also included are 85 photographs to illustrate the locations.

You will learn about planning and equipment, general tips and safety, night photo tips, and street photo tips. This book is not just about the buildings. It will show you where and how to capture incredible photographs of New Yorkers, as they are what make the city great, and it will tell you the busiest and most interesting street corners in the city.

Finally, learn about the history of the areas you are photographing, because the more knowledgeable you are about New York, the better photographs you can take.



“As a native born New Yorker and a lifetime photographer I can tell you that this is the quintessential book for any photographer living or visiting NYC. As I was reading it I was muttering “No James, don’t give that place away!” but then I would find a place did I not know about. James gives locations, directions, best times of day, recommend camera settings and options for long or shorter walks. I no longer have to give recommendations to visiting photographers, I can just point them at this book. A terrific resource written by someone who’s love NYC come through on every page.”

– John Dillworth

“The New York Photographer’s Travel Guide is like sitting down with a good friend while he tells you all his secrets about photographing NYC. From exact locations, to walking routes and tips, to seasonal and time of day/lighting suggestions, to safety precautions…this is well written, insightful, inspirational and most of all, motivational. Again, it’s like having a meal with a good friend. This book with ALL my highlighted notes, will be in my back pocket my next trip to the city.”

– Anonymous Review

“Amazing photography of the city I love! As a Native New Yorker Mr. Maher has also given me new tidbits of info of my city that I didn’t know. A treasure of a book in many ways. Highly recommend for anyone visiting NYC or just living here. Thank you for this gift.”

– J. Willard

“This is a beautifully written and photographed homage to the best of one of the world’s most incredible cities. It’s like having your own special guide on hand allowing you to focus on your areas of interest, at your own pace. Tips on when and how to get there, plus suggestions on where to eat are plentiful. But even more important are techniques to improve your street photography. I highly recommend this book, especially to those who live in NYC, or plan to visit.”

– John A. Fleming

“I’m a New Yorker through and through but haven’t quite yet visited all the places in James Maher’s book, and those places I have visited, I did not notice the beautiful parts that James’ photographed. Loved the book from beginning to end because now that I’m retired and photographing as a hobby, I plan to visit and revisit every place that James’ photographed and recommends. His pictures are exciting and make me proud to be a New Yorker. Highly recommend the book to both visitors and New Yorkers.”

– Pearl Feder

James Maher

About James: James is a lifelong New Yorker, and like many Manhattanites, he is a terrible driver and cook; however, he is an excellent navigator and knows where to find the best Chinese takeout. James has devoted himself to his photography business in New York since 2005. His fine-art photography has been sold and licensed to collectors and companies globally, including Tiffany & Co. and G-Star RAW, he works with various businesses as a portrait and studio photographer in New York, he is a regular contributor (both photographic and written work) to a variety of websites and magazines, and as a certified New York tour and workshop guide, he frequently leads photography workshops. He has also had a multi-year regular feature for the NY Daily News reporting on different neighborhoods of the city through street portraits and interviews with locals.

James has also been working on a documentary project since 2012, which consists of nearly 150 portraits and in-depth interviews primarily with long-time residents, business owners, and employees in the East Village neighborhood of New York City. The project has become a historical account of the mid-to-late 20th Century of one of the most vibrant and lively neighborhoods in the city.

Watch James talk about his work on Fox 5 News: