Access your vision to reveal the magic and poetry in the daily life of the streets through your photographs

© Peter TurnleyPeter Turnley, a legendary international photographer/photojournalist and teacher of street photography, is offering a one week workshop focusing on helping students make authentic, spontaneous photographs of daily life in the spirit of the philosophy of the great French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, “The Decisive Moment”. This is an amazing opportunity to grow as a photographer in order to be able to make photographs that represent spontaneity, authenticity, and reveal the magic and poetry in the streets of daily life.

During the workshop students learn to connect with magical moments of daily life and develop a camera technique and approach to photographing people and life that enables them to capture the richness of the authentic life of people wherever they are to be found. Turnley is a master both photographing life and people, and has photographed over 4 decades of amazing moments of the human condition worldwide. He works with students to overcome their timidity and anxiety around photographing people, offering time tested tips and technique both in human terms and camera technique. He helps students find their inner voice and connect with their passions and interests regarding the world around them. This workshop offers an amazing opportunity for students to make a large leap forward in their ability to photograph not only environments and landscapes, but most importantly people and life. 

There are daily lectures and presentations by Peter Turnley. The workshop meets for approx. 3 hours each day for presentations, lectures, photo critiques, and reviews. Students are encouraged to spend the rest of each day during the workshop out exploring and photographing the very interesting and exciting visual life that exists in the towns, villages, farms, and ports of the wonderful region of Rockport, Maine. Peter works with students to find a theme, themes of photographic interest, and helps them develop a photo story/narrative of their weeks work. This is an excellent opportunity for students to work on developing their personal vision and style. The workshop ends with a final show with each student producing a 15-photograph picture story/essay that will be edited together with Peter the day before the workshop ends.

A portfolio review is required for admission to this course. You can submit a portfolio via a link to your website, online portfolio, or print submission. For more detailed information on these requirements, click here.


Peter Turnley

Peter Turnley is a photojournalist renown for documenting the human condition and current events.  He is also a widely acclaimed street photographer who's lived in and photographed Paris since 1978-one of the preeminent photographers of the daily life in Paris of his generation. His work is often seen in the world's most prestigious magazines: Newsweek, Harper’s, Stern, Paris Match, Geo, LIFE, National Geographic, The London Sunday Times, VSD, Le Figaro, Le Monde, and DoubleTake. He is now based both in New York and Paris.

His photographs have been on the cover of Newsweek Magazine 43 times. He worked as a contract photographer for Newsweek Magazine between 1984-2001. He has covered nearly every major news event of international significance in the past twenty years. His pictures have been published the world over and have won many international awards including the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, and numerous awards and citations from World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year competition of the University of Missouri.

Turnley has produced portraits and covered many of the world's most influential people of our time; Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Putin, Mandela, Arafat, Schroeder, Chirac, Clinton, Reagan, Bush Sr, Lady Diana,  Pope Jean Paul II , and Obama, to name a few.

Course Dates

Aug 9 to Aug 15




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