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Street Photography

  • 09 May 2020
  • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, New York, NY 10013
  • 12


  • $90.00 tuition
  • SPG members enjoy a 20% discount
    $72.00 tuition

Workshop Description

In this workshop, veteran Soho Photo Gallery members Neil Lawner and Bob Leonard will share their experience in street photography while exploring one of New York’s interesting neighborhoods.  We’ll start with one hour of classroom training, sharing our perspective on street photography.  Neil’s work focuses mostly on people - with a humorous slant.  Bob’s interest lies in seeking long-term projects and exploring the environment for interesting shapes and colors.

We’ll go over the basics to help you improve your skills as a street photographer:

  • Techniques to overcome fear of photographing strangers
  • Exploring different styles of street photography
  • Using composition to capture better photos
  • Appropriate camera settings

Then we’ll hit the streets!  We’ll spend 2+ hours in Chinatown, on the street shooting, discussing and reviewing.  All digital cameras including iPhones are good for this workshop. 

Neil and Bob’s Street Photography Workshop is a great way to learn the techniques and skills of street photography while exploring one of New York’s exciting urban neighborhoods.  The workshop runs rain or shine with the exception of extreme weather (look for an email announcement the night prior to workshop date if extreme weather should be in the forecast).

Be sure to have fully charged batteries and an extra memory card in your camera bag. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for whatever the weather should bring.


This workshop is suitable for all photographers.

Workshop Leaders

Neil Lawner has been photographing for over 40 years.  His works are in the permanent collections of numerous corporations including Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Bristol Meyers Squibb.  For the past ten years his interests have centered on street photography in New York City - where he lives.  His visual sense of humor is apparent in his photography.  Neil carries his camera every day and is constantly looking for a decisive and humorous moment.  He recently published a book entitled “Coney Island, Merriment, Mermaids and Memories” which is the result of an eight-year project to photograph New York’s iconic playground in Brooklyn

Bob Leonard is a street photographer and a long-time member of Soho Photo Gallery. Armed with an iPhone he created a series of surreptitiously shot portraits on the New York City subway.  This concept continued with a series of portraits taken in the elevator of a Manhattan office building.  Over a year, he observed visitors at the 9/11 Memorial taking portraits of each other, group shots and selfies.  Recent projects focused on capturing found objects with an eye toward shape and color.  These images have been transformed into a series of triptychs and quadriptychs.

Workshop Policies

Workshop location is Soho Photo Gallery at 15 White Street, New York, NY 10013.

Workshops are subject to cancellation, rescheduling or changes up to one week prior to start date. Class audits are not permitted.

Any questions regarding this workshop can be directed to the workshop leader using the "Contact" form at the bottom of the workshop page at

Cancellation and tuition refund request for this workshop must be submitted via email to least 10 days prior to scheduled start date of workshop for full refund.

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