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Workshop: Street Photography

With Renowned Street Photographer Elizabeth Bick

A collage of different people walking on a sunny urban sidewalk


Over a weekend, an intimate group will learn how to consider the street as a stage, pedestrians as performers, and the art of structure, anticipation, and sequencing through a choreographic lens. Elizabeth will work hands-on to preconceive and deliver an idea, using key principles in dance and choreography that align with the entropy of the city streets. Participants will cultivate a cross-disciplinary approach to photographing in the street and a radical philosophy from the traditional canon of street photography.

Participants will spend all of Saturday learning a particular way of photographing in the street.

Sunday will be a review of the photographs captured, held at the Fotografiska New York offices.

Participants will learn the art of:

• Locating a “stage” upon which to become an audience member with a camera
• The delicate balance of Form and Content in crafting an image
• Comfortably using a tripod in public
• Finding and utilizing “scores” borrowed form the Fluxus movement to create self-imposed constraints for photographing
• The use of repetition, patience, and a long meditative gaze on one space to develop an idea
• Editing, compositing, sequencing pictures as a crucial component in the repetitive process from the photography shoot

Elizabeth Bick is a trained classical ballet dancer who found a choreographic voice through photography. She has been photographing pedestrians as dancers, and the city as a stage since she moved to NYC in 2005.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Bick

Photo of Elizabeth Bick: Matthew Spiegelman

Elizabeth Bick Headshot