David’s workshops aren’t for the faint of heart or those who do not want to push through personal boundaries. He is part supporter, part instigator and all professional, delivering each comment at the precise moment and knowing confidently what he can get out of each student. I’ll never look through the viewfinder again without hearing his voice questioning why I’ve raised the camera at that moment and how I plan to tell the story. – Christopher Edwards
David Alan Harvey, Magnum Photographer and founder of Burn Magazine is a highly sought after mentor and teacher. His workshops are philosophical explorations into the heart of your work and motivation. They are about your own personal growth. A champion of authorship and voice he seeks out your personal obstacles and gives you a good shove to move yourself beyond them, then greets you with a high five and a beer on the other side. As anyone who has taken one of David’s workshops will tell you, once you take a workshop with him, you are essentially his student for life. He sticks with those who want to move ahead with their work for book publishing, gallery shows, etc. If you do the work, he will be there to help you push it forward.
In his weeklong workshops you will be asked to shoot an essay of your own choosing. Each day you shoot, each morning there is a group review and critique session. At the end of the week his team produces a slideshow of the work created. So, in this short week you get the experience of being a working photographer, shooting, working with an editor and experiencing the pressure of a real deadline. Each workshop is different, but depending on the timing and location you may also enjoy guest teachers that include picture editors and curators, jam sessions with other iconic photographers and the occasional field trip to shoot alongside David.
"Take David's workshop if you want to stop taking tourist photos. You'll never approach photography the same way again."
- Roddy MacLeod
The Last New York Loft Workshop
Week One: October 15-21, 2017 (sold out - waiting list)
Week Two: October 22-28, 2017
Where: David's Loft...Brooklyn, New York
Focus: Photographic Voice
Tuition: $ 3400*
*Your personal travel expenses, meals and lodging are not included
Join me for one last historic photo workshop blast in my New York loft. Yup, the Kibbutz loft is over. Home of many artists including at one time or another 8 different Magnum photographers. This building has the vibes. Yet goodbye it is.
So if you have ever thought about taking one of my NYC classes, now is the time. The only time.
For almost all of my workshops in the last couple of years, I am working and teaching and teaching and working. To the advantage of my students.When I am in the middle of a project, it is just a really good time for emerging photographers to learn first hand. I am shooting the Kibbutz for a potential book project. So some of my work will go up on the wall, and your best of the week will as well. Day by day.
And well, it's October. It's New York. The pictures here all from the loft and the rooftop.
Yet forget a nice view and the hospitality of my team. That is incidental.
My workshops are all about your personal growth. I "squeeze the lemon." I get out of you your very best work. This is my commitment always. I get to know you and your work and make you more "you" than what maybe you imagined.
Daily critique on an essay of your choosing and close mentoring is my mantra. Anyone who takes my workshop is essentially a student for life. I stick with those who want to move ahead with their work for book publishing, for gallery shows, for assignment work, grants, etc. If you do the work, I will be there to help you push it forward.
My classes begin in the morning (yes, coffee!) and include a group critique of whatever you shot the day before, along with visits from New York picture editors and curators, demo jam sessions with iconic photographers, and mentoring late into the evening (cold beer in the box).
It's all a whirlwind of discovery and adventure.
My team produces a slideshow at the end and this is shown to the photo community of New York on the Friday evening of class. Fiesta follows of course.
We do require a portfolio review and a Facetime/Skype chat with finalists. There is a 12 student limit. Should we get enough interest we may add a second week.
Join us for autumn in New York. Yes, it is magic for sure.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A few comments from last year's NYC workshop:
David's workshops aren't for the faint of heart or those who do not want to push through personal boundaries. He is part supporter, part instigator and all professional, delivering each comment at the precise moment and knowing confidently what he can get out of each student. I'll never look through the viewfinder again without hearing his voice questioning why I've raised the camera at that moment and how I plan to tell the story. - Christopher Edwards
A truly inspirational process from start to finish! - Kevin J Mellis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
David is one of the most insightful & inspiring teachers I have ever had. He is demanding but cares immensely about the work of his pupils. Throughout the workshop he encouraged us to push ourselves. I achieved some of my best work in his class. - Sandra Cattaneo Adorno
David's 2016 NYC workshop was the most incredible week for me. Not only did his guidance and opinions give my own judgement and understanding of what makes a great picture a well needed boost, we were privileged to meet some of his inspiring collaborators. I pushed my own work into new and exciting areas and upon my return to the UK, I purged my portfolio of many images I now deemed under par, surely the most telling evidence of the workshop's effect on me. - Neil Buchan-Grant