Archive for February, 2022


February 14, 2022
Photo: Alex Webb, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 2018,
from the Aperture book, The City Within, with Rebecca Norris Webb

May 4-9, 2022

Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

This workshop will be about finding your own unique vision of New York City by using the camera to explore the city in a direct, spontaneous way. Open to both serious amateurs and professionals alike, it is a workshop that will emphasize the development of your own personal way of seeing photographically. This workshop will also be about learning how to edit your work intuitively, and also include discussions about how to take your photography to the next level.

NOTE: This is a workshop for photographers who collaborate with the world, not for those who dramatically alter their photographs digitally.

Workshop location: NYFA, 20 Jay Street, 7th Floor, Dumbo, Brooklyn; Limit: 14 photographers

Applications open:  Monday, February 14, 2022

Early Application Deadline: Monday, Feb. 28, 2022

Early Acceptance Notification: Monday, March 7, 2022

Workshop fee: US $1900.  Upon workshop acceptance, a payment of $950; payment in full by Monday, April 4, 2022

NOTE: All participants must be vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend this workshop, and follow all COVID-19 protocols.


1.  10jpgs (72dpi; 2000 pixels longest side) that represent who you are as a photographer. We aren’t interested in photographs done simply to satisfy an editor or art director or client. If you’re working on a project, please include a selection from the project.

2. Short statement about why you’d like to take this workshop (not more than 150 words).

3. Short bio: include where you live, something about your relationship to photography, and what you see as your next step photographically (not more than 100 words)

Please write on the email’s subject line—FYV: NYC 2022—and email your application to:


There are two main components of this class: the spontaneous act of photographing and intuitive editing.  The workshop will begin with Alex and Rebecca, a creative team who often edit projects together (including their recent collaborative book Brooklyn: The City Within, and their upcoming book, Waves), who will critique each participant’s past work as a starting off point for a larger discussion about various photographic issues. By that first afternoon, participants will be working on their first assignment, which they will choose themselves. It may be a specific street, neighborhood, subculture, ethnic group, profession, family or individual; it may be photographing various events or festivals around the city, such as the Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Mexican communities around the city; it may be continuing work on an ongoing project in New York City; but it must be something that you’re passionate enough to return to every day to photograph.

For the rest of the workshop, we will meet in the mornings and critique as a group each student’s ongoing work. Throughout the workshop, we will try to build a coherent set of images for each photographer that will begin to represent his or her photographic stance or attitude toward the city of New York. We will view this work as a group at the end of the workshop.

Besides photographing and editing each day, there will also be print and book demonstrations and an editing exercise.  We will also touch on a variety of topics, including the process of photographing spontaneously and intuitively; how to photograph in cultures other than one’s own; the relationship between images (such as the sequencing and juxtaposition of photographs); how to edit photographs intuitively; an introduction on being on press with a book; how to work with a designer on a book; the practical realities of the magazine and art worlds; the emotional and psychological implications of working in color vs. black and white; the difference between images in a book and images on the wall; and how long-term projects can evolve into books and exhibitions.  There will also be a chance for each participant to have a one-on-one meeting with Alex and Rebecca, including, if you wish, a review of a long-term project or work-in-progress that the participant is passionate about.

Photo: Rebecca Norris Webb, Shimmering, 2018,
from the Aperture book, Brooklyn: The City Within, with Alex Webb