Street Photography with Phil Penman, New York - October 20th-22nd, 2023

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October 20th to 22nd, 2023, explore new ways of seeing with celebrated Photographer Phil Penman on the streets of New York City.
New York. NY


For more than two decades, the streets of New York have been a source of inspiration for Fine Art photographer Phil Penman. There are a thousand stories in the city, learning to find these visual stories is the focus of this Masterclass weekend.

Phil will guide the group through the streets, highlighting many of his favorite locations, while demonstrating his approach to "seeing", metering light and creating the dramatic compositions found in his work. From practical, hands-on sessions in the field to editing and review of the images created, his weekend intensive will provide insights into his creative process from start to finish.


  • Planning your day of shooting
  • Finding the light
  • Chasing the light
  • Seeing light and shadow
  • Composition
  • Gear and lens selection
  • Image editing and processing

The workshop involves a good amount of walking. During each photowalk participants should expect to walk at least 5 miles as we move through the city looking for where light meets shadow and seeking out the dramatic and often fleeting moments on the street. 

All Leica Akademie workshops provide a mixture of classroom lectures with time to put the concepts discussed into practice and finally the opportunity to receive feedback.


Friday 10/20:

6:30-8:00pm – Meet and Greet with Phil Penman

Saturday 10/21:

7am-Noon – Shoot Lower Manhattan

Noon-2pm – Break

2pm-4pm – Image Processing and Culling discussion – Location TBA

4pm-6pm – Break

6pm-8pm Optional Shoot – Central Park Area

Sunday 10/22:

8am-Noon Shoot in Dumbo

Noon -2pm – Break

2pm-5pm – Continue to edit and critique – Location TBA

Program Concludes


Anyone interested in honing their skills as a street photographer shooting in the iconic city of New York at the best times of day to capture dramatic light. This is also a rare opportunity to get creative insight from Phil Penman.


Participants are expected to have good understanding their cameras as well as an understanding of basic image editing. Owning a Leica is not required. We will have a selection of Leica Cameras available for you to try throughout the weekend. This is a rain or shine workshop, so you will need to be prepared for the weather.

Enrollment is strictly limited. If the program is sold out, please contact us to be added to the wait-list.

Fee: $1,299.99



The British-born, New York-based photographer Phil Penman has documented the ever-changing scene of New York City’s streets for more than 25 years. In his career as a news and magazine photographer, with a large body of work in such publications as The Guardian, The Independent, The New York Review of Books, among others, he has photographed major public figures and historical events. In particular, his reportage following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center has featured on NBC’s Today show, as well as on the BBC, History Channel, and Al Jazeera, and his images have been included in the 9/11 Memorial and Museum’s archives.

His work covering the pandemic lockdown in New York City has been acquired by the U.S. Library of Congress, whose collection holds work by such great Depression-era documentarians as Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange.

Besides showing at Leica galleries in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, and London, Penman’s signature street photography has appeared in international exhibitions as far afield as Venice, Berlin, and Sydney.

He also tours the world teaching workshops on photography for Leica Akademie. He was recently named among the “52 Most Influential Street Photographers,” alongside such legends as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastião Salgado, Diane Arbus, and Garry Winogrand.

Penman’s first book, Street, published in 2019, became a best-seller and was featured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York


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Phil Penman comes from a tranquil corner of Dorset, England. He received his formal training in photography from the prestigious Berkshire College of Art and Design, and currently works as a freelance street photographer in New York. Phil’s versatility spans from shooting celebrities – such as Bill Gates, Jennifer Lopez and Christopher Reeves, to covering the biggest entertainment and news stories. His work on the September 11th terrorist attacks is recognized worldwide.


Penman has spent the last 15 years cycling around in New York and documenting its broad spectrum of daily life, with an unerring instinct for capturing the timeless and the compelling, in seemingly ordinary scenes. His work has been exhibited at the Leica Gallery in NY and featured in Leica Fotografie International (LFI).


Phil travels across the world on assignments for a diverse range of publications such as The Guardian, The Independent, Daily Telegraph, The Sun, and Daily Mirror in the UK, and USA Today and New York Post in America.


» Phil’s interview on The Leica Blog
» Phil in “The 52 most influential street photographers” list
» Hell on Earth: Brit photographer’s harrowing September 11th photos
» 10 Street Photographers Who Are Immortalizing Our Modern World

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