This workshop is now fully booked. Sign up to the waitlist here.

Work with a master street photographer to develop the mindset needed to make images on the streets. Learn about framing and composition, and how to navigate crowds and find a picture, all the while gaining an invaluable insight into creating your own unique photographic voice.

During the five-day workshop, you will work alongside Richard Kalvar to create a personal photographic response to the city. You will then participate in group review sessions and explore the power of editing to create a meaningful selection of work. 

“New York, my hometown, is a great place for street photography. Things are always going on; there’s never a dull moment. And while it’s not always easy for a photographer to remain unnoticed anywhere in the world, New Yorkers are pretty blasé. They’ve seen a lot of photographers! My street photography is grounded in real people doing real things, and my observing them, reacting to them and trying to squeeze them into a rectangle.” — Richard Kalvar

Deadline to book: February 23, 2023

This workshop is limited to 12 participants. Applications are taken on a first come first served basis.

This workshop is now sold out, sign up to the waitlist here.


Day One: 

Housekeeping and Course Introduction

AM – Presentation by Richard Kalvar followed by the projection and discussion of participants’ work

PM – Participants will go out to photograph in a particular part of town. Kalvar will be at a predetermined place in the area to answer questions and make suggestions.

Day Two to Four: 

AM – Group review of the photos taken the day before. 

PM – Participants will go out to photograph in a particular part of town.   

Day Five: 

All day: Final selection of images, creation of a slideshow for an evening screening. 

This workshop offers:

  • Practical advice on how to approach photographing on the street
  • Learn about framing and composition
  • Group review sessions
  • Editing session
  • Richard Kalvar’s personal take on New York City
  • A 50-page workbook on how to get started in photography

The workshop is open to photographers of all levels, from passionate amateurs to working professionals who want to further refine their skills in the art of street photography.

Thank you so much once again for coordinating such an amazing learning opportunity. The workshop and Richard’s teaching have completely changed my way of seeing, to say the least.” —- Feedback from a workshop participant of the Street Photography workshop with Richard Kalvar in Sirmione, Italy.

Ambiguity is at the forefront of Richard Kalvar’s photography. Kalvar, who describes context as the “enemy”, seeks mystery and multiple meaning through surprising framing and meticulous timing. He describes his approach as “more like poetry than photojournalism – it attacks on the emotional level.” He has done extensive personal, assignment and commercial work in the United States, France, Italy, England, and Japan, among others.   Kalvar has published a number of solo books: Portrait de Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 1993; Earthlings (Terriens), 2007;Drôles de vie!, 2008; Richard Kalvar: Photo Poche, 2018; Richard Kalvar: Photofile (the English-language version of Photo Poche), 2019; and Magnum, la Storia, le Immagini: Richard Kalvar, 2019. He has had important exhibitions in the US, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, and has participated in multiple group books and exhibitions in America and Europe, notably Centre Pompidou Album Photographique 1, 1979, L’Usine, 1987, and in several Magnum books, most recently Magnum Contact Sheets, 2013, Magnum Analog Recovery, 2017 and Magnum Manifesto, 2017.   Kalvar’s work has appeared in Geo, The Paris Review, Creative Camera, Aperture, Zoom, Newsweek, and Photo, among many others. Editorial assignments and even commercial work have given Kalvar an additional opportunity to do personal photography. He did many documentary stories that allowed him to disengage from documentary mode when the occasion arose.   Kalvar joined Magnum as an associate member in 1975, and became a full member two years later. He subsequently served several times as vice president, and once as president of the agency.

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