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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.

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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 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.

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

Ben Russell

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

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 Bajraktari

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

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

K.J.L. 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

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

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

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.



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
2013: Plans to open a Photography gallery for PhotoManhattan's students to exhibit their work free of the restrictions of most commercial galleries.

View contact-sheet samples of her work here.


Front Desk

James M.

James is available at PhotoManhattan Mondays - Thursdays between 10:30am-6:15pm

Marie F.

Marie is available at PhotoManhattan Mondays - Thursdays between 6:15pm-10:30pm