New York Photography Tours

Street Photography Workshops

Photo Education


If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’re interested in the possibility of taking a photography workshop around New York City.

Hopefully, I’m the person you choose to help you explore the city in depth and to improve your skills and comfort level!

Background: I’ve been a professional photographer since 2005, I’ve been photographing New York daily since 2002, and I’ve run a NY street photography workshop business since 2010. I’m also a huge NY Knicks and dumpling fan and I suck at driving, as a true Manhattanite should.

I love both street photography (view my work) and cityscape photography (view my work), so we can tailor a workshop to your particular interests.

James Maher



Bennett StewartBennett Stewart
22:33 04 Oct 21
We had a group of six take a photo tour of SOHO and Chinatown with James. He took us on a route that gave us a bounty of opportunities for great shots of people and places. He also peppered the talk with running commentary and background info and very useful photo tips. He helped me take some very good candid shots of New Yorkers I could not have done without him. Highly recommended,
Linda Burton RicksLinda Burton Ricks
00:11 03 Oct 21
Excellent street photography workshop as well as cultural, architectural and points of interest lessons. This was a present for my photographer husband and I got to tag along. James gave recommendations to him via email ahead of time so he could make the most of their time together. Great way to see neighborhoods of NYC in a new way. Thank you, James, for a wonderful experience. We look forward to exploring more of the city through your lenses.
Michael AgostaMichael Agosta
19:09 26 Sep 21
James is both an excellent photographer and knowledgeable tour guide. I lived in NYC for 4 years a longish while back, but rediscovered parts of lower Manhattan from a photographer's eyes, which I found fascinating. His tours are great, and he's also just a fascinating guy to spend a couple of hours with. Street photographers often see what the casual observer will miss...I leaned toward photography as a hobby because it helped capture memories from the countries I've been able to visit, but also to see the world around me more thoroughly, more carefully. I needed a nudge to start taking street photographs. James provided that nudge.
James has been an incredibly attentive, knowledgeable and patient teacher. I really enjoyed our lessons together and have greatly improved my confidence with the camera. I would recommend James to anyone looking to learn photography.
Saif AltayyarSaif Altayyar
05:01 17 Aug 21
I'm so glad I found James to take photos of my proposal. He's super communicative and has a great eye! He even guided me to other great spots in Central Park for photos afterwards. 10/10 recommend to anyone looking for a talented photographer.


Private Daily or Weekend Group Workshops

Private Street Photography Tours and Workshops:

These tours are daily and customizable to your interests and needs, although I have some very popular tour routes which will take you to incredibly interesting and unique off-the-beaten-path areas of the city.

As a certified tour guide, I mix in the history of the areas we visit with photography education for people of all skills levels. I’ve taught many complete beginners to overcome their fears along with advanced photographers looking for new perspectives, tips, and great locations to explore. And if your significant other or friend would like to tag along, I’ve taught a ton of history to non-photographers.

Read moreread my reviews, and then contact me with any questions you might have.

Group Street Photography Workshops:

These are planned a handful of times a year for a group of 8 to 10 people from around the world to come together in New York. It’s a wonderful experience meeting and bonding with different photographers and perspectives from all over – each time feels like a new family.

The photography workshops begin most days with a difference 2-hour classroom session, covering beginner and advanced street photography, and the history of famous street photographers. Some workshops will include editing sessions or days and some will include night street photography sessions. Each workshop will have a different mix so make sure to read the details before you sign up.

Read moreread my reviews, and then contact me with any questions you might have.


Areas Covered

While each workshop is different, the most popular neighborhoods covered are SoHo, Chinatown, the Lower East Side, Central Park, Midtown, the Manhattan Bridge, Coney Island, Bushwick, Williamsburg, the City Hall District, and Nolita/Little Italy.


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Now Let’s talk about you

What do you like to shoot? What would you like to improve? What do you want to see and photograph when you come to New York? Why type of prints would you like to return from your trip with?

Contact me with your info and let’s talk further. My favorite part of this job is getting to know photographers from all over the world!



(917) 494-6712

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