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 City’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 scavenging the environment for interesting shapes and colors.

We’ll go over the basics you’ll need to 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 and even iPhones are good for the workshop.

Neil and Bob’s Street Photography Workshop is a great way 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. Be sure to have fully charged batteries and extra memory cards. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for the weather.

This workshop is suitable for all photographers. 

May 9, 2020, 9:30am – 1:00pm

15 White St., New York, NY

Non-member: $90.00

SPG members enjoy a 20% discount

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 interest has been street photography 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-term member of the 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 for shape and color. These images have been transformed into a series of triptychs and quadriptychs.

Workshop Policies
Workshops are subject to cancellation or change up to one week prior to the scheduled state date. Class audits are not permitted. Cancellation and tuition refund requests must be sent via email to at least 10 days prior to the scheduled start date of the workshop for a full refund. 


Bob Leonard

Bob Leonard

Workshop Leader

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