The New York Street Photography Workshop

August 9 - 16, 2020 – Tuition: $1,650

Peter Turnley, a renowned international photojournalist and teacher of street photography is offering a one-week photography workshop in one of the world’s most visually exciting cities. There are daily lectures and presentations by Peter Turnley as well as distinguished members of the New York photographic community. During the workshop, students will also visit some of the city’s unique photography museums and exhibitions. Peter has offered this workshop for several years and each time participants have produced powerful photographs and expressed their personal vision of one of the most exciting
cities in the world.

The workshop is focused on photographing the life of the streets, neighborhoods and cityscapes of New York. This is a marvelous workshop for anyone that would like to develop their photography of people. Turnley, with now more than 40 years of experience photographing world wide is extremely talented in helping photographers helping photographers find a sense of purpose, overcome timidity of photographing people, and  inspire them to develop their personal vision.

The Workshop

The workshop meets daily for approximately 3-4 hours each day in a beautiful conference room of the Hotel Belleclaire in New York's Upper West Side. Students are encouraged to spend the rest of each day over the 7-day workshop, which starts on a Sunday afternoon and finishes at noon the following Saturday, exploring and photographing life in the streets of New York City. There are daily edit sessions of students’ work. The workshop ends with a final show with each student producing a 15-photograph picture story/essay that will be edited together with Peter Turnley on the day before the final day of the workshop. This workshop focuses on helping students overcome any anxiety or timidity in photographing people. Peter Turnley introduces a camera technique that is a time tested, proven approach for making spontaneous and authentic photographs in the Cartier-Bresson spirit of capturing the “decisive moments” in daily life. Turnley helps students find a sense of purpose in their photography-and pushes students to plug into their personal interests and passions to help them better share a visual response to their feelings and perceptions of the world around them. The workshop also pushes students to think in terms of creating a narrative with a set of photographs, and helps students find their own personal vision and photographic language.

Students will be pushed to spend one half of each day photographing the life of one of the world's most exciting cities.  Peter will provide a wide list of photographic themes and an extensive list of destinations to photograph. 

Peter spends 30 minutes daily with each student reviewing and editing the previous day’s work. Students will work towards establishing a 15-image picture story or photo essay to be shown at the final class on Saturday morning. Students are guests for a group dinner on Monday night and a final lunch on Saturday.


Students find their own lodging during the week, but the possibilities are plentiful - including a special room rate offered to Peter's workshop participants, in the Hotel Belleclaire, where classes are held. If participants are interested in staying at the charming boutique Hotel Belleclaire, contact the sales department indicating the dates of their desired stay and make sure to mention they are participants in the Peter Turnley New York photography workshop, August 9 - 16, 2020.
Please contact the Belleclaire sales department: Smita Motielall or Rachelle Schwarzenberg.

The Hotel Belleclaire is located in a  very convenient, exciting, and safe location in New York's Upper West Side, two blocks from the #1 and a short walk from the B,C Natural History Museum subway stops. The Hotel Belleclaire is located at 250 W. 77th St  New York, NY 10024.  From the Hotel, students can be in Times Square in 15 minutes and downtown NY in 20 minutes by subway.

Participants are welcome to stay any where of their choice.


Daily class sessions are held in the Broadway Meeting room of the Hotel Belleclaire in New York's Upper West Side. Getting to class and then exploring the city is easy since it is conveniently located two blocks from the #1 and a short walk from the B,C Natural History Museum subway stops, within easy commuting distance from all parts of Manhattan.  


Try to arrive on Saturday. The first workshop session will begin at 2pm on Sunday, but arriving Saturday morning will give you an evening to get acclimated before the workshop begins on Sunday.


The workshop ends at noon, Saturday, with a show of the students’ final 15-image photo stories made during the week. Students are free to leave on Saturday afternoon, which would enable those needing to get back to work on Monday the time to do so. Those wishing to stay in the region longer are free to continue their trip Saturday afternoon.


The first and last meals are included in the cost of the workshop. You will be a guest of the workshop for a group opening dinner on Sunday night and at the final dinner Friday night. Aside from the two group meals, breakfasts, lunches and dinners are independent although students are encouraged to join each other in local restaurants and cafes.

Camera Gear and Technology

Participants will need to bring a digital SLR or rangefinder camera, a laptop computer, and a thumb drive. Two camera bodies are recommended, with a minimum of at least one wide-angle lens such as a 17-35mm zoom, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, or 50mm. Students may bring longer lenses as well, but Peter will strongly encourage participants to use a wide angle lens in order to get close to the subject, which allows a sense of context, environment, and intimacy. A wide-angle lens that is relatively fast and has a wide aperture (1.4, 1.8, 2, or 2.8) is encouraged in order to photograph in low light situations. It is recommended that participants bring extra memory cards, extra camera batteries, and all necessary battery chargers for their equipment.

Students will need to know how to transfer the photographs they make each day onto their laptop computer. Each day, participants will bring a selection of their favorite photographs, or those they’d like to discuss, in a folder on a thumb drive, to the daily photo review and critique sessions. Students are encouraged to use image management software for this selection process. Peter recommends PhotoMechanic, however other programs such as Apple’s Aperture, or Adobe Lightroom may be used. PhotoMechanic can be downloaded for a free trial basis from

Students will be encouraged to choose from the outset if they want to show their work in color or in black and white, and they will be encouraged to stick to their choice of one of the other throughout the workshop.

Final Group Show and Portfolios of Past Work

At each photo critique and review session, Peter will work with each photographer to make a “selects” folder of their most successful images. At the end of the week, Peter will select with each photographer from this overall “selects” folder, a final individual photo story of 15 images, which will be seen as part of a group final show during the last workshop session. 

Each participant should also bring a portfolio of a selection of their past work. Approximately 30 photographs are recommended, and they may be brought in a folder on a thumb drive, or as a selection of prints. Students’ portfolios of past work will also be shared during the final session of the workshop.


This is an ideal workshop to bring along a spouse, son, daughter, or partner. Non-photographic companions may join group meals and are welcome to attend our final show.  They may of course accompany their *photographer* partner during their individual / non-group photographic time. They will not be able to attend our daily class or our critique and review sessions.  Companion supplement is $100.


The tuition for this workshop is $1,650. If you would like to register and hold a spot in this workshop, please make a $250 deposit by clicking on the registration button below. You will be taken to a page where you can pay by the deposit by paypal or credit card. The balance of the tuition, or $1,400, will be due within 30 days of the workshop.If you have any questions, or would prefer to make your registration payment by check, please feel free to email Peter Turnley.


See Student Galleries from past workshops.

See Testimonials from past workshop.


Peter Turnley is an internationally renowned photographer. His photographs have been on the cover of Newsweek Magazine 43 times.

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