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 »

If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Smith, Workshop Producer, by email (, or by phone: (917) 647-5390.

Jay’s Personal Course Description

Jay MaiselIn 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.

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