Explore and photograph life on the streets of one of the world's most exciting cities

Jun 16, 2024 - Jun 21, 2024

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $1850
Workshop Location: Travel workshop
Class Size: 12

SOLD OUT!  Email [email protected] to be placed on a waitlist.

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 find a sense of purpose, overcome the 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 Iroquois New York Hotel in New York’s Midtown. Students are encouraged to spend the rest of each day over the 6-day workshop, which starts on a Sunday afternoon and finishes at early evening the following Friday, 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 by Peter Turnley on 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. 

Students are guests for a group dinner on Monday night.


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 Iroquois New York Hotel, where classes are held. If participants are interested in staying at the charming Iroquois New York Hotel, 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 20-25, 2023, or June 18-23, 2023. Please contact The Iroquois New York Hotel sales department: Manya duHoffmann.

The Iroquois New York Hotel is located in a  very convenient, exciting, and safe location in New York’s Midtown, two blocks from the #1 and a short walk from a lot of main subway lines. The Iroquois New York Hotel is located at 49 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036.  From the Hotel, students will be within walking distance of the Theater District, Times Square, the Mid-manhattan Library, Grand Central Station, and Bryant Park.

Participants are welcome to stay anywhere of their choice.


Daily class sessions are held in The Iroquois New York Hotel in New York’s Midtown. Getting to class and then exploring the city is easy since it is conveniently located close to a lot of main subway lines, 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 early evening, Friday with a show of the students’ final 15-image photo stories made during the week. Students are free to leave on Friday evening.


One group dinner on Monday evening is included in the cost of the workshop. Aside from the group dinner, 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, or 35mm, Peter’s preferred lens. 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 Lightroom may be used. PhotoMechanic can be downloaded for a free trial basis from camerabits.com.

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 daily class sessions.


The tuition for this workshop is $1,850. 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 credit card. The balance of the tuition, or $1,600, will be due within two months of the workshop. 

SPECIAL NOTE:  At the time of registration a non-refundable deposit of $250 will be taken (part of the tuition cost). The student will then be transferred to Peter Turnley for final billings and all future communications regarding the class.

  • 1. Reservations & Payments
    • A deposit as indicated on the registration page is required to confirm your reservation for the workshop.  Final payment in full is due 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop unless stated differently in the course description.  Maine Media Workshops + College (“Maine Media”) reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by the due date.
  • 2. Cancellations
  • 3. Basis of Rates
    • All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars; all payments must be made in U.S. dollars.
  • 4. Insurance
    • It is strongly advised that you purchase Trip Cancellation, Baggage, Emergency Medical Evacuation, and/or Accident and Sickness Insurance Protection. Camera equipment, computers, and baggage are carried entirely at the owner’s risk. Maine Media shall have no responsibility for any lost, damaged, or delayed property, or for an individual student’s medical needs, accidents, injuries, or illnesses. See our travel insurance recommendations here.
  • 5. Itinerary Changes
    • The itinerary for your workshop is subject to change without prior notification.
  • 6.  Passports and Visas
    • A valid passport is required for all international travel. You are required to notify Maine Media as to the nationality under which your passport is registered.  Participants are responsible for obtaining their passports and visas. To participate in the workshop, you must have a passport that is valid until at least six months after the date on which your trip is scheduled to be completed.
  • 7. Medical Issues
    • All participants must be in good health.   You must advise Maine Media of any health condition, physical condition, or emotional or mental condition that may require special attention or that may adversely impact the other participants in your workshop. All students are required to complete a “Waiver of Liability” form and submit it at the time of registration.  This document may be found on the course description page.
  • 8. Liability Waiver
    • Every participant is required to sign Maine Media’s Waiver of Liability before departure for their workshop.   Click here to download.
  • 9. Responsibility & Photography
    • To ensure a safe experience, you are required to obey local customs and be considerate when photographing people or sensitive locations.  The faculty member for your workshop has the right to expel any person from the workshop for behavior that is in violation of the law; that is disruptive, or that compromises the group’s safety or enjoyment.  No refunds will be made to any person expelled from a workshop. Maine Media shall have no obligation to pay any costs incurred by a person as a result of that person being expelled from a workshop.

All Images:  © Peter Turnley

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Instructor: Peter Turnley

Peter Turnley is renowned for his photography of the realities of the human condition. His photographs have been featured on the cover of Newsweek forty-three times and are published frequently in many of the world’s most prestigious publications. He has worked in over ninety countries and has witnessed most major stories of international geopolitical and historic significance in the last forty years. He has produced portraits and covered many of the modern world’s most influential people: Obama, Castro, Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Putin, Mandela, Arafat, Schroeder, Ceausescu, Gaddafi, Chirac, Clinton, Reagan, Bush Sr., Lady Diana, and Pope Jean Paul II among others. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide, and recently in October 2019 he had a major exhibit in Havana, Cuba at La Fototeca de Cuba, “Paris-Cuba”. Turnley lives in both New York and Paris and has published seven books: Beijing Spring, Moments of Revolution, In Times of War and Peace, Parisians, McClellan Street, French Kiss: A Love Letter to Paris, and Cuba: A Grace of Spirit.