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Photography classes NYC

Established in 2003 in NYC, with thousands of happy students and a solid presence in NYC, PhotoManhattan Photography School provides excellent photography instruction to all levels, from hobbyist to semi professionals all year round. Our facility offers fully equipped photo studio rentals and plenty of photographic equipment made available to students during classes. PhotoManhattan's instructors are working professionals, yet they are also trained instructors with years of practice leading a class room and great expertise in making difficult photography concepts seem easy and fun.

For beginners, instruction focus on providing students with a solid ground on the fundamentals of photography while accommodating to students' various interests, whether it's shooting with a DSLR, a point and shoot, in manual or in automatic mode, we've master our beginner programs to suit all. To those more advanced, we have challenging photography courses such as Studio Lighting and Portraiture 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.

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Instructors and Staff

Note, information about our staff is kept purposely limited as a measure to prevent spam. Registered students will, however, get additional contact information upon the start of class.
If you have any questions beyond the information on this page, please feel free to write us or call us at 212 929-3302 or
come by and meet us in person. Don't forget to watch us live at one of our next exhibits (On Instagram or Facebook) or at our Exhibits page .

Charlie 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.

Cristina 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.

Helene'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.

Jason. A photographer of fifteen years, Jason.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.

Luis, (b. 1990, Guatemala City, Guatemala) is a Brooklyn based artist. He received his BFA in photography and contemporary creation at IDEP, Barcelona in 2012. Corzo works mainly with photography but is consistently experimenting with drawing, film and mixed media. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.

Maria 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.

Mete is an award wining professional retoucher and photographer. He had his first solo show at age sixteen, followed by numerous other shows supported by companies like Kodak and FujiFilm. He received his bachelors degree in Advertising Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and his Masters degree in Fashion Photography from School of Visual Arts. He worked in retouching and production with top photographers and retouching houses. Some production and retouching clients he worked with include; Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Jeniffer Lopez, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Kanye West, Jay Z, and brands; L’oreal, Lancome, Covergirl, Maybeline, Victorias Secret, Tommy Hilfiger, Pepsi, Nike and NFL along many others. As a photographer, his work has been featured in magazines such as Nylon, Billboard, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, New York Magazine, and New York Times, along many others.

Ronald 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. 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.

Yoav 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. 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.
1992: Completed a 3-year Photography program, Instituto Angel D'Elia, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1997: Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts, Photography at Université Saint-Esprit Kaslik, Lebanon.
1998: Photography artists' exchange at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie, Arles, France.
1999: Master's degree in Photography at Université Saint-Esprit Kaslik, Lebanon.
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 for future archival/museum purposes. Did several freelance jobs in commercial, event and documentary photography, including featured work for the Middle East Airlines magazine and the Lebanese American University.
2001: Moved to Nantes, France. Focused on black and white printing.
2002: Moved to New York. Worked on freelance commercial photography.
2003: Started PhotoManhattan.

View contact-sheet samples of her work here



Jorge Federico. 07/19/1949 - 02/04/2017.

Being Aldana's inspiration into the Visual Arts, Jorge started Photography himself as a hobby in the 80's and quickly turned this hobby into a side job as a wedding and event Photographer in Argentina and later in Lebanon as the events' photographer for the American University of Beirut and the Cervantes Institute. Since 2002, Jorge travelled to the USA to help build PhotoManhattan. In 2010, Jorge moved to NYC, and while his wife, Juana Nohra opened Learn Spanish New York institute, Jorge dedicated full time to helping us at PhotoManhattan. Gifted in design Jorge orchestrated the full design and layout of our rooms, darkrooms, lighting systems, exhibitions and beyond, while providing assistance to instructors and staff. Jorge, referred to as 'the dad', spent 11 hours daily at PhotoManhattan and greatly enjoyed the end of the day conversations and daily 'adventures with our team - while communicating in Spanish, French, basic English and a mix of all. Jorge passed away in February 4, 2017. He will be remembered with love by all who knew him.