Workshops and Classes

Harvey's 2016 teaching schedule through September is as follows. If interested in any of the classes or workshops, please email or call 212.316.9157 .


International Center of Photography
New York, NY


Lighting for the Portrait, four-day workshop
Concentrating on studio portrait lighting
January 14 - 17, 2016

Photographing New York Places and People
July 23-24, 30-31, two weekends
New York, New York
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The true subject of this workshop is the amazing and fantastic city of New York and the people who populate it. Of course there are endless possibilities when making images of the city. Our approach will be to explore out of the way places that are filled with interesting and exciting sites and people and events. We will travel to such places as the fantasy land of Coney Island, the huge Asian community of Flushing, Queens, the Hispanic enclave in Corona, Queens, the vibrant Italian community of Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, and travel on the Staten Island Ferry to that neglected borough. Elements of photographing people and places such as lighting; environment and location; gesture, expression, and pose; composition; camera position and formats; and the relationship between subject and photographer will be explored and analyzed.

Photographing People
July 11-15, five-day class
New York, New York
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When we photograph people, we encounter all the possibilities and challenges that arise when establishing relationships with strangers, friends, or loved ones. Portraiture requires the vigilance to notice and interpret gestures and expressions and the patience to wait for the moment in which the subject’s character is revealed. In this workshop, students photograph people in various locations — in the studio, in different environments, and on the street — in order to gain an understanding of the particular issues that arise in each situation. Key topics include ways of capturing character in a photograph, methods of approaching and photographing strangers, the use of light (both natural and flash in outdoor and studio situations) as an expressive and aesthetic element of the photograph and techniques of posing and interacting with subjects. All formats welcome.


Argentina Photography Workshop
Feb 14-22
Carnaval in Argentina
Register: 212-316-9157

We visit exciting and beautiful Buenos Aires, a city full of contradictions that combines old world vibes with South American flare. We spend three evenings photographing the colorful festivities of Carnaval and make day trips to several colonial towns outside of the city. And of course we visit tango clubs to photograph and DANCE. This is the third year that I’ve offered this workshop and for the third time it’s full; hopefully it will be offered next year.

New York City Workshop
April 15 - 17
Register: 212-316-9157

This short three day weekend workshop explores some of the fascinating neigborhoods of NYC where people are found living out their lives in public. We will venture to crazy Coney Island; the Asian community of Flushing, Queens; Staten Island and parts of Manhatten to photograph events, people and the architectural aspects of the city. The emphasis will be on taking photographs of people in their environments, and to capture the atmosphere and excitement of the city. The three workshops previously conducted filled up very quickly.

Greece Photography Workshop: Land of Beauty
May 7 - 16
Athens, Crete, Santorini
Register: 212-316-9157

Greece is truly a very historical and beautiful country, filled with great antiquities and friendly, lovely people. We spend time in Athens, visiting and photographing the incredible hilltop complex of the Acropolis, perhaps the greatest ancient monument in the Western world, the new Acropolis Museum, the vibrant food and flea markets, the changing of the national guards at the presidential palace, the historic Plaka neighborhood, and a possible excursion to Cape Sounion for a sunset photo over the sea. We then travel to Crete for three days and nights. Here we visit famous ruins, a museum for the native son, El Greco, and photograph the turbulent landscapes and interesting people of this island. We then ferry to Santorini, called the most perfect island in the world. Formed from a volcanic cone that erupted in the second millennium b.c., this island affords gorgeous views of the sea everywhere you look, small gem-like towns and villages very much worth exploring, and the excavations of the ruins of the prehistoric city of Akrotiri. This is a fast paced, exciting workshop that will give us ample opportunities for making wonderful photographs.

I am offering this workshop with Margarita Mavromichalis, a native and resident of Athens. She has extensive knowledge of Greece, in addition to being a wonderful photographer and organizer.

Greece Photography Workshop: Northern Vistas
May 18 - 26
Athens, Ioannina, Corfu
Register: 212-316-9157

After three days in Athens (see workshop above), we fly to Ioannina, and explore it for three days and nights, also venturing to timeless villages north of the city near the Albanian border. Ioannina is the capital as well as the largest city (110,000) of the region of Epirus. It is built on the banks of Lake Pamvotis, it has a fascinating and warm atmosphere. It’s full of life, boasting centuries of great history, an impressive castle and the island in Pamvotis Lake, which we will visit. Every alley and square, and every part of the city echoes it’s great traditions.

We then travel by ferry to Corfu, an island 20 miles off the west coast of Greece, and rich in history and culture. The old town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, will reward us with it’s Greek, Italian, French and British elements. Its narrow complex of cobbled streets, stairways and vaulted passages are a history lesson in themselves. Overlooking it all, the wonderful fort constructed by the Venetians in the 15th Century on the remains of a Byzantine Castle will provide us with stunning views of Albania to the East and the island of Corfu to the West. In addition, we will take a day trip to explore the neighboring island of Paxos, a small and very picturesque island with an atmospheric port and welcoming fishermen.

We stay at beautiful four star hotels centrally located with great views and much comfort. These are fast paced, exciting workshops that give us ample opportunities for making wonderful photographs and intensive critiques and feedback.

I am offering this workshop with Margarita Mavromichalis, a native and resident of Athens. She has extensive knowledge of Greece, in addition to being a wonderful photographer and organizer.

Griffin Museum of Photography, Photographing People

June 10-12
Winchester, Massachusetts
Griffin Museum: 781-729-1158
Register: 212-316-9157

This three-day weekend workshop will focus on the techniques and insights needed to make meaningful images of people. We will consider the variety of ways to photograph individuals, including friends, family, and strangers in such diverse settings as the home, the street and in work situations.

The workshop will be presented in lectures, demonstrations, and photographic field trips to various areas in and around Boston where people congregate. Those who are intrigued by the variety, psychology, and social interactions of people and who want to capture these elements photographically will benefit. This is the seventh consecutive year that I will teach this workshop.

Documentary Street Photography
September 23 - 25
Center for Documentary Studies
Duke University, Durham, NC
More information at or 919-660-3663

The workshop aims to provide each student with knowledge of and experience in photographing people in a variety of ways including on the street, indoor locations, and in the subject’s environment. The emphasis will be on creating inventive portraits that are personally based and meaningful. The objective will be accomplished through lectures, demonstrations, photographic field trips, slide presentations and critiques.