Weekend Workshop Registration:
May 19th-20th, 2018
*A full schedule and workshop details will be emailed to participants closer to the workshop date.
Friday Evening (May 18th): (Optional) introductory dinner and drinks.
Saturday (May 19th): We will start the day with a 2-hour classroom session, learning about the techniques and concepts of street photography. From ethics and fear, to technical settings and lighting, to concepts, stories, and ideas, to how to shoot in candid ways, this session will lay the groundwork for the rest of the weekend. The rest of the day will be spent photographing around New York with some post-workshop drinks afterwards.
Sunday (May 20th): We will start the morning with an educational classroom session, learning about the history of famous street photographers. We will cover the work of a variety of photographers to show us different ways of doing things and to inspire us before we walk out the door. We will spend the rest of the day photographing in different areas of the city.
Post-workshop: The class will be invited to a private Facebook workshop page where we will show our photographs for critique after the workshop is over. You will have lifetime access to this page, and it will be used for subsequent workshops and will be a place where you can ask questions and receive critiques in the future.
Confirmation: Confirmation and payment info will be sent soon after registration. A registration is not confirmed until payment is complete.
Where: Unless noted otherwise, the seminar space is located at the Houston Street Center, University Settlement, 273 Bowery, New York, NY 10002. It is recommended to stay near the seminar space in SoHo, Nolita, Little Italy, East Village, Lower East Side, or Chinatown.
Equipment: As the workshop will include a lot of walking, comfortable shoes and traveling light is recommend whenever possible. Tripods and laptops are not necessary. Extra batteries are highly recommended.
Size: 8-10 people.
Email James if you have any schedule or equipment related questions.
“I’ve just finished a fabulous two-day street photography workshop in NYC with James Maher. Hard to beat the experience of following James on a shooting-walking tour of lower Manhattan through a dozen or so diverse neighborhoods, each with different visual stimuli, changing light, cultural histories — and countless possibilities for photographing people and architecture! James began Saturday morning with a 1 1/2 hour presentation on ethical and technical aspects of street photography. Wanting to normalize our fears about intruding into the space of our subjects, he described how he thinks and works, generally moving slowly with his camera chest-high and ready, taking pictures initially ‘with his eyes.’ At other times, he might pick an unobtrusive spot where he waits for the subject to enter his field of view.
Following this preparation, we hit the streets, going first to a busy intersection where we could not lack for stimulation. Throughout the day, as we moved slowly in and out of different areas of the city, James worked his way among us, responding to our varying degrees of experience with photography and with street photography in particular. Often, he encouraged us to find a good location where we, too, could wait for the subject to come to us. Occasionally, he gave particular challenges to those who were ready.
By the end of Saturday, I began to feel more comfortable putting people into my pictures and had some ideas about how and how not to do it. On Sunday morning, however, before we again went into the streets, James took us to another level of appreciation — artistry and composition — via a slide presentation of the work of the great street photographers (beginning with Cartier-Bresson).
Throughout, James was a generous and gentle instructor, comfortably smart about what he knows. His individualized instruction was just what I needed and to the point. I cannot wait for more! Meanwhile, I’ll dig more deeply into his thoughtfully written e-books, along with the books of street photographers he recommended.”
– Sandra Ullmann