The spring 2015 workshop schedule will be announced in late 2014. If you are interested in attending, please use the form on the right to add your name to our wait list. There is no payment or commitment needed until the schedule is announced, however priority will be given to those on the wait list and enrollment will be on a first come first serve basis.
After an average of seven sessions per year since 2008, the workshop will be taking a break this fall in order for Jay to focus on completing a few personal projects, including a collaboration with Kelby Training to publish two of his new photography books titled ‘It’s Not About The F-Stop’, and ‘Light, Gesture, & Color’.
Signed copies of Jay’s recently published book of early black and white work; ‘Jay Maisel New York in the 50’s’ are currently available for $75.00 (includes shipping). Order here.
The Jay Maisel Workshop is a unique photography experience. Participants should expect five solid days (from 9:00am-10:00pm) of shooting, discussing, eating, and breathing photography with Jay at his home – the historic 35,000 square foot former Germania bank building and the surrounding New York City neighborhoods of Manhattan’s lower east side. All meals are included and enrollment is limited to (10) people on a first come, first serve basis. The cost is $5,000.00. To register, select a date to the right »
In the past I’ve gotten calls from people who wanted to know what the hell they’d be getting themselves into if they were to take my class. Fair enough, but if you want to know exactly what the class will be, that’s impossible because it’s a free form living thing that also depends on what you bring to the group dynamic. We will be in my environment, my city, my building. There are no rules.
You will be sent out on assignments to shoot people. There will be criticism of your work. You will be forced to look at my work (criticism of my work is optional). There will be demonstrations and endless talk designed to help you avoid the problems that plague you. You’ll be nagged into improving your images. There won’t be enough time to do all the shooting, editing, critiquing, talking, and looking at my work that you’ll want to do. You will be overwhelmed. We will all eat together at different New York City neighborhood restaurants and talk about photography.
Everyone will be shooting digitally, but this course is not about using a computer to manipulate your images. It’s about how to look for, see, and evaluate your images. It is most certainly not about Photoshop, which we will not discuss. You will end up a better photographer, if not a better human being. If this is not specific enough, please read the quotes from my former students.