Proven curricula, hands-on training & friendly atmosphere.
Established in 2003 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.
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 haave 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.
Instructors and Staff
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
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.
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.
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.
Stefanie Giglio has been working as a professional photographer for over a decade and specializes in commercial portraiture and documentary photography. She has lived and worked in five countries and has traveled to over two dozen. She received her undergraduate degree in International News Production and Photojournalism from Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, and she studied photography at the master’s level at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California.
James is available at PhotoManhattan Mondays - Thursdays between 10:30am-6:15pm
Marie is available at PhotoManhattan Mondays - Thursdays between 6:15pm-10:30pm