Street Psych: New York

The course price is $1,850. 

Limited to six participants, with a minimum of three.

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The city so nice they named it twice: New York, New York!

New York is a playground for street photographers. Active 24 hours a day, the city is home to some of the most famous photographers, past and present. If you're lucky enough, you might run into Bruce Gilden!

The city is a magnet for photographers because it is so visually rich. Towering architecture above and a life underground sandwiches the hustle and bustle of over 16 million people crammed onto the 22.7 square mile Island of Manhattan.

Street Psych | New York is an intensive, week-long course. Your instructors are professional photographer James Conley, and psychologist Ramesh Bakhtiari. We developed the Street Psych series because we believe it's not enough to make great pictures—it's better to understand why they're great, so we can consistently make more!

The Street Psych series of courses are based upon well-established theories of learning, drawing upon the works of Jean Piaget, M. S. Knowels, and Carl Rogers, among others, which emphasize practical experience combined with conceptual reinforcement. We have designed the courses to provide the fastest and most enduring outcomes, that are meaningful to you based on your goals and experience. Specifically, the course is designed to break down and expose the underlying processes of creative thought, as well as exploring how audiences view works or art. We take those understandings further, and explore the ways in which you can heighten your creativity though awareness of states of mind, social psychology and proxemics, the visual-perceptual process of gestalt and aesthetics, recognition of humanist archetypes, and embedded cognition (e.g., an approach to working which allows your mind rapidly to observe patterns and respond to your surreal ideas). 

Although it seems like a lot to cover, you will quickly discover that many of these skills and abilities have simply been latent. We will help you bring them to the surface so that you can take control of them and maximize their potential. 

We will base ourselves in Midtown, giving us access to the entirety of the city with a bit of walking or a quick subway ride. Combining lectures and camera work on the street, we will concentrate on fundamental principles of art and psychology, raising your visual storytelling to a new level, and providing you with tools and insight which will give you new paths to pursue as an artist. 

Among other things, we will cover: habits of an artist, methods of storytelling, surrealism, proxemics, and translating the technical aspects of camera and lens into visual emotion. The course work will culminate in a group magazine telling each participant's story of Manhattan.