PhotoManhattan was established in
2003 in New York as a way of offering an affordable means of
entry and advance into the world of art and photography. We
are committed to the idea of photography as an accessible means
of personal expression and artistic documentation. And considering
the upfront costs inherent in photography (the purchase of equipment),
there's no reason why essential instruction should be beyond
the reach of those interested.
To that effect, PhotoManhattan offers introductory and advanced
photographic instruction to the public at rates that are only
a fraction of those of larger institutes and schools in the
area, as well as affordable rentals of darkroom and studio
space and lights. Instruction in basic topics emphasises critical
technique and control of the camera. To those more advanced, PhotoManhattan
has challenging courses in Studio Lighting and Street Photography
that will make even experienced amateurs stop and think about
exactly what they are trying to do when they hit the shutter.
In addition, we host group events, exhibitions and lead group
expeditions into different neighborhoods of New York City
and beyond. A wide range of people have taken classes here,
and participated in group events, from professionals, to those
seeking to become professionals, to those who are looking
for a means of moving beyond the 8-6 routine that otherwise
traps so many of us.We invite anyone interested in either taking classes, renting
space, or becoming involved in PhotoManhattan's group activities,
to contact us by phone, by email, or by passing by the studio.
Now go out there and shoot.
Ben's professional career started with an internship at an advertising photographer's studio in his senior year of high school and summers working for a Life magazine staff photographer. Following several years assisting numerous NYC photographers and two years as first assistant to Burt Glinn, a member of the Magnum agency, he struck out on his own.
After years of shooting annual reports, brochures and portraits for newspapers and magazines he started Foto-Aid, a photographic agency doing assignment
photography for nonprofit organizations. Ben is also Adobe Lightroom certified.
He lives and works in Brooklyn with his wife, a jewelry designer and their two sons. You can see Ben's work at: www.benrussellphoto.com
Bradford Noble ran a successful business as a Celebrity, Fashion & Advertising Photographer & Director for over 15 years before transitioning into the workforce. His career included shooting supermodels in Paris such as Cindy Crawford, Kristy Turlington, Kate Moss, and Linda Evangelista, music magazine covers in London for MixMag, and Ministry, celebrities in LA & New York like Alicia Keys, Josh Hartnett, Bea Arthur, William Shatner, Boy George, Donny Osmond, and Florence Henderson. Bradford produced & photographed worldwide ad campaigns for Levis, Microsoft, Old Navy and New Balance, and national advertising for Mercedes Benz, Pepsi, Smirnoff, Reebok, and Harvey Nichols. He directed television commercials for Clorox, art directed & photographed beauty campaigns for Hard Candy, Urban Decay & Benefit Cosmetics, magazine photo stories for Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Vanity Fair, Maxim, OK Magazine, and more. Today he lives in Manhattan with his fiancé Jorge and is a photography instructor at PhotoManhattan and a professional Life Coach. For more info on his Photography and Life Coaching work check out: www.noblephoto.com & www.fulfillment101.com
Carla Liesching is a photographer and arts educator from Johannesburg, South Africa. Her interests include the impacts of globalization and the after-math of colonial struggles, seen not only in Africa but also on a global level. Her work seeks to explore new ways of realizing the self within this unstable space, as well as exploring the actual potentiality of these instabilities.
Carla received her BFA from Rhodes University, specializing in photography, video and sound installation. She has exhibited widely in SA and abroad - most recently Germany, England and Belgium. Her work has been shown in various international publications including Art Review, GUP Magazine, The Viewer and The New York Times. She has run workshops for the SA National Arts Festival, assistant lectured at Rhodes University and taught photography at the Market Photography Workshop. She has recently spent time working in Taipei, Taiwan and is currently based in New York City. For more details on her work please see: http: www.carlaliesching.com
Daniel Ballesteros is a freelance photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Santa Fe, Saint Louis, Las Vegas, and several academic institutions. He received his MFA from the University of Connecticut and his BA from Webster University in Saint Louis, MO. He is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was selected to be part of Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward 2012: Emerging Photographers. www.danielballesteros.com
Ilir is a photojournalist based in New York City. His passion for documentary photography began while he was working as an assistant for war photographers and documentary filmmakers in war zones.
In 2009, Ilir received an MS in Photojournalism from Boston University after having received a BA in Photography from Texas A&M University-Commerce and an AAS in Photography from Kilgore College. He has won numerous national awards both as a student and as a professional, including awards from Boston Press Photographers Association, Texas Photographic Society and Texas Intercollegiate Press Association. His work has been selected as a part of an exhibition with multi-city installations by the Texas Photographic Society. He also has a five image permanent installation at Boston University’s alumni gallery. To view some of Ilir’s work you can visit:www.ilirb.com
Jeremy Dyer is a photographer and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA from the University of Arizona and his MFA from Parsons School for Design. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and most recently was included as part of the Critical Mass Top 50. His work can be seen at jeremydyer.net or occulter.org
Kevin Joseph Laccone
is a multi discipline artist who specializes in photography. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut in fine art, a degree from the International Center of Photography in photography, and his master’s degree in fine art from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Mr. Laccone has moved back to Brooklyn to pursue a career in teaching. You can see examples of Mr. Laccone’s work at: www.blurb.com/user/laccone.
Maria Quiroga is a photographer and videographer based in NYC. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts from the Photography, Video and Related Media department. Her photography has been published in numerous magazines and was featured in Metropolitan Museum of Art’s children’s book entitled, “What Can You Do With A Paper Bag?” Her documentary “Las Hijas” (The Daughters) has been screened in various film festivals internationally and won numerous awards. Maria’s work has been exhibited in Argentina, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey and New York. Her favorite photography subjects include road bike races, people and food. Recent work can be viewed at www.mariaquiroga-images.com
Mercedes Jelinek is a photographer and painter living in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BFA in photography from the State University of New York at Purchase and an MFA in studio art from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally but primarily in Louisiana, Washington, California, Kansas, New York, Connecticut and China. Please visit www.mercedesjelinekphotography.com to see examples of her latest projects.
Virginia is a photographer and art educator living in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and a minor in Art History from Pratt Institute. Her personal work is currently focused on landscape and cityscape in mixed lighting. She recently worked as an architectural photographer for a real estate corporation and has done portraiture for professional musicians. In fall 2009, she worked as a Photography Assistant at Women's Wear Daily. Virginia also has an interest in cinematography and works as a Camera Production Assistant in the film industry whenever possible. She is a regular volunteer with New York Cares and Riverkeeper. Her photography can be viewed online at virginiaahunter.com or at pratt-talent.com.
Aldana R. 1976: Born in Argentina.
1993: Moved to Lebanon.
Bachellor's degree in Visual Arts, Photography at Kaslik University, Lebanon.
Photography artists' exchange at Ecole Nationale Superieure de la Photographie, Arles, France.
Masters degree in Photography at Kaslik University, Lebanon 1999.
Freelance photographer covering the reconstruction of Beirut Lebanon. Worked with the Arab Image Foundation (AIF) in researching and acquiring Photographs from the middle east region for a future archival/museum purposes. Did several freelance jobs from commercial, through events to documentary including featured worked for the Middle East Airlines magazine, and the Lebanese American University.
Moved to Nantes, France, focuesed on B&W printing.
Moved to New York, worked on freelance commercial photography.
2003: Started PhotoManhattan
2013: Plans to open a Photography gallery for PhotoManhattan's students to exhibit their work free of the restrictions of most commercial galleries.