Seeing the World in Black and White with Phil Penman, Online - February 21-23, 2025

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Discover your own process to Seeing the World in Black and White. Three day intensive workshop with photojournalist Phil Penman.
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What is it about a black and white photo that often stirs emotion in the viewer and creates a sense of timeless rarely seen? How does a photographer go about learning to see in black & white, ignoring the color of the real world, while focusing on the shapes, textures, and light through the viewfinder?


Join the Leica Akademie and Phil Penman for this in-depth masterclass, where you will learn how to “See the world in black and white.  Whether you are working in an urban environment on the street, a landscape setting or a mixture of both, this intensive weekend workshop is guaranteed to give you a better understanding of the elements needed to create black and white images with visual impact.

Registration for this event closes 24-hours before each class begins to solidify attendance. Please feel free to email any questions or concerns to


Friday – Noon to 2:00pm - EST
Saturday – Noon to 3:00pm - EST
Sunday – Noon to 3:00pm - EST

Things you should know:

While all experience levels are welcome to take this workshop, you should have a good understanding of your camera as well as an understanding of basic image editing.
All camera brands are welcome. It is not required to use a Leica camera.

Attendance is strictly limited, so be sure to sign up at your earliest opportunity.


  • Seeing light and shadow
  • Composition
  • Gear selection – which lenses and camera for a given situation.
  • Working in weather
  • Techniques to create drama.
  • Editing and printing process.


  • Dates

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UK-born, NY-based photographer Phil Penman has documented the rapid flux of New York City’s streets for over 25 years. With clients ranging from People Magazine to The Daily Telegraph, he has photographed celebrated living legends, including Jennifer Lopez and Bill Gates, and captured historical moments such as the September 11th Terrorist Attacks. Penman’s distinctive style, versatility and dedication to his craft have won him prestigious awards and exhibitions and distinction as one of the “52 Most Influential Street Photographers” alongside industry legends, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Sebastião Salgado.


His debut book “STREET” launched as the Number 1 new release on Amazon for Street Photography and has since become a best seller and featured at MOMA in New York.

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