Proven curricula, hands-on training & friendly atmosphere.

Established in 2003 in NYC, with thousands of happy students and a solid presence in NYC, PhotoManhattan Photography School offers 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.

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To that effect, PhotoManhattan offers introductory and advanced photography classes to the public at rates that are only a fraction of those of larger photography institutes and schools in New York, as well as affordable rentals of darkroom and studio space and lights.

For beginners, instruction in basic topics emphasizes critical technique and control of the camera. To those more advanced, we have challenging photography 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 workshops in Union Square and in different neighborhoods of New York City. 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.


Instructors and Staff

C. N.

C. N. is a photographer, retoucher, and fine artist (drawing and painting) based in New York City. He earned his BFA from the University of Michigan, and also studied advanced dark room photography in Florence, Italy at SACI. His work has been published and exhibited both domestically and internationally, and he recently published his first monograph titled "Resonance" on the topic of positive contemporary body image.

C. W.

C. W. is freelance camera operator, camera assistant and avid film photographer working in New York City. In 2010, she relocated to London to obtain a maters degree in filmmaking from the London Film School. Prior to moving abroad, she has managed to work on myriad of projects from shooting documentaries in Central America, to shooting A-list talent in press junkets to working on narrative films, commercials and fashion shoots. In 2008, she also completed the cinematography certificate program at New York University. Prior to making the making the switch the camera department, Cristina freelanced as a studio photo assistant as well as worked as production coordinator and production manager for A&E Television Networks and for MTV News here in New York.

H. G.

H.G's been photographing in New York City for over 20 years. She works both in studio and on location, and her photographs have been published internationally by a variety of corporations and media outlets. HG received her BFA in Photography and Painting from SUNY at Buffalo. Her MFA in Fine Arts is from UCLA. When not behind a camera, she's in front of a monitor, feverishly exploring the intricacies of digital photo manipulation.

J. R.

A photographer of fifteen years, J.R. has worked professionally in a wide range of fields including commercial, architecture, editorial and aerial. He received a BA in Advertising Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in 2006. Since then, JR has gone on to specialize in architecture photography working directly with architects and real estate groups.

M. Q.

M. Q. 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.

R. S.

R. S. is a freelance photo and video professional based in New York City. He received his B.A. from James Madison University in Media Arts & Design, with a concentration in Converged Media. In addition to commercial assignments, R.S. is an avid street photographer, documenting everyday life.

W. C.

W. C. is a photographer, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She immigrated to the United States in 2001 and has since been residing in New York City. She received a B.A. from The City College of New York/CUNY in June 2013, where she majored in Studio Art; Photography and minored in Creative Writing. She is a recipient of a Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year and is currently working on a photographic project documenting some of the after effects of the January 12, 2010 earthquake that devastated her birth country and relatives living in Haiti.

W. C.

Y. F. is a photographer, retoucher, professional printer, and a fine artist who specializes in both scale model & landscape photography . He earned his B.A in photography from Hadassah College Jerusalem (2011), and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts (2014). Friedländer exhibited his work internationally at Belfast Photo Festival, Dusseldorf Photo Weekend, Eretz Israel Museum and at the Bronx Museum of the Art.


Front Desk & Collaborators

A. C.

A.C. is available at PhotoManhattan Mondays & Wednesdays 12:15pm-5:30pm and Tuesdays 12:15pm - 10:30pm.

G. J.
is available at PhotoManhattan Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30pm-10:30pm and Thursdays 12:15pm - 10:30pm.


Aldana R.
1976: Born in Argentina.
1993: Moved to Lebanon.
1997: Bachellor's degree in Visual Arts, Photography at Kaslik University, Lebanon.
1998: Photography artists' exchange at Ecole Nationale Superieure de la Photographie
, Arles, France.
1999: Masters degree in Photography at Kaslik University, Lebanon 1999.
2000: 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.
2001: Moved to Nantes, France, focused on B&W printing.
2002: Moved to New York, worked on freelance commercial photography.
2003: Started PhotoManhattan

View contact-sheet samples of her work here.