“The Wonder City”

July 14 – 20 2014
With Laura De Marco and Roberto Alfano

  • Roberto Alfano

  • Roberto Alfano

  • Roberto Alfano

  • Roberto Alfano

  • Roberto Alfano

  • Laura De Marco

  • Laura De Marco

  • Laura De Marco

  • Laura De Marco

  • Laura De Marco

  • Laura De Marco

A workshop dedicated to travel and street photography, that aims to create a collective project on the city of New York.

‘The Wonder City’ is a workshop that offers photography enthusiasts from around the world an opportunity to expand their skill set in the fast-paced environment of New York City. The instructors of this workshop are Roberto Alfano and Laura De Marco, the founders of Spazio Labo’|Centro di fotografia and PWNY. Through their foundation, they’ve taught countless students the art of photography and have curated numerous photographic exhibitions.

‘The Wonder City’ will be presented in homage to this great city, which has inspired artists from around the world for the past century. The goal of this class is to give participants the opportunity to engage in the creation of a collaborative photo project based on the subject of NYC and its photographic history. In order to accomplish this, students will find and document the places that have made the city famous, as well as the hidden and unique spots. Each day, students will be encouraged to confront the differing styles used by the various photographers that have made New York famous, in order to discover their own voice.

Initially, the class will study the single image and then learn how to create a sequence and narration around a specific theme, with a particular focus on the development of the idea through shooting and editing. The participants of this workshop should expect an intense week on the road with the instructors in order to build together, through each individual voice, a multifaceted story of the city that never sleeps. 

Each day the workshop will visit a different area of New York, following the map created in the famous film, ‘The Warriors’. Starting from the Bronx, the class will reach Coney Island, going through Harlem, the Upper East Side and Central Park, Long Island City and the multi-ethnic Queens, the touristic Manhattan of Hell’s Kitchen and Times Square, the mythical Lower East Side and the Village, Chinatown and the financial district, the new highway of Chelsea and finally, Brooklyn. Student’s will consistently find the presence of the oldest underground subway tunnels in the world, the smell of the streets and the thousands of nameless faces that pass by every day and night.

During the workshop there will be a constant dialogue surrounding street photography, urban landscape and architecture, representation and story-telling techniques. Every day will entail shooting, followed by a group editing session to analyze the progression of the work. The instructors will offer constant technical support, guiding students through their camera equipment and editing software. The program is further enriched by presentations from New York photographers who will serve as guides with their fundamental and direct experience.


Dates: from July 14 to July 20 2014
Place: Brooklyn, New York
Duration: 7 days
Participation fee:  €550

During this 7 days workshop participants will be guided in the conception and realization of a personal photo project. Please come to the first session with a collection of digital or printed images of your previous work. After that, mornings will be group sessions devoted to reviewing and critiquing the images you shot the day before. In the afternoons, you will head into the city to further develop your project. As the week progresses, we will also invite some notable New York photographers to present and discuss their work to the class.The projects realized during the workshop will be presented to the NYC photo community during a final slideshow party. Each participant’s project will also be showed on this website.

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  • – The workshop is open to everyone: students, advanced amateurs or professional photographers, with no age/sex/nationality restrictions, are welcome. Enrollment is open until each class fills. The maximum number of participants accepted is 12.
  • – The workshop is reserved to Spazio Labo’|Centro di fotografia’s 2014 members. The 2014 membership fee of 15€ can be submitted at the time of registration to the workshop.
  • – Once your application is accepted, in order to confirm your participation to the workshop an advance payment is required. We will send all the information via e-mail.
  • – The fee of the workshop does not include travel or accommodation expenses. Spazio Labo’ staff is available for helping participants with travel and accommodation arrangements. We offer the possibility of booking a single room inside the prestigious student dormitory of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. This year we are partnering with Pratt University to offer students a private dorm room with wi-fi, cleaning service, common kitchen and relax area access, for only $40.00 a night. This is a great option for students that are looking for privacy, security and a reasonably priced place to stay. It’s conveniently located in the nice Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn, a short metro’s distance from the workshop location. This is a great opportunity to build a community with the other workshop students that will be housed in the dorm, as well.
  • – If you are a photographer under 26 years old, you can win a scholarship to participate in this workshop, offered by Spazio Labo’ | Centro di fotografia. The application deadline is April 11 2014. More information about how to apply for the scholarship here.

  • – The workshop is held in a loft in Brooklyn.
  • -LEICA Store Firenze is the technical sponsor of PWNY 2014: all the workshop participants will have the opportunity to try a LEICA M during the workshop days.
  • – A bibliography and filmography in order to get prepared for the workshop will be sent to the participant once they are enrolled.
  • – Technical equipment (camera, extra accessories and laptop) must be provided by each participant. Digital equipment is not obligatory, but it is recommended. Participants who wish to shoot with film will be able to do so, as long as they are aware of the times and costs necessary for the development of the film in laboratory, and of the costs relative to the scanning and digitalizing of negatives. The staff will help participants with a list of laboratories.
  • – The workshop will be held in Italian and English. Help with translation is available if needed.
  • – Spazio Labo’ | Centro di fotografia’s staff will be present during the workshop.
  • – The workshop releases a certificate of participation at its end.


RobertoRoberto Alfano is a photographer since 1994. In 2010 he founded the Spazio Labo’ |Centro di fotografia in Bologna and he is still managing it now. He is the teacher and the curator of the one year program of the school, He worked with the public administrations shooting photos of scene, and also for many private brands doing photographic advertising campaigns.  From September 2008 to November 2009 he studied photography in NY and worked on a personal project with a Magnum photographer. After that he often went back to New York to build up the project: “Photography Workshop in New York”. Since 2010 he has been collaborating with Foiano FotoFestival and SI Fest (Savignano Immagini), as critic and judge.


LauraLaura De Marco is a photographer, photography curator and educator; founder and director, along with Roberto Alfano, of Spazio Labo’ | Centro di fotografia in Bologna, Italy. She  teaches in the one year program of the school, with particular interest in how to develop long-term projects, curates the gallery.  Since 2010 she also curates, with Alfano, the project “Photography Workshop in New York”, a series of photo workshops held in NYC every summer. She collaborates, giving portfolio reviews, being part of juries for prizes and giving talks or workshops, with international photography festivals. After graduating in Communication Science, she moved to New York to study photography at the International Center of Photography where she attended a class with photographer Karen Marshall. She has showed her work in some group shows (2008-2011) and in a personal exhibit in Bologna (2009). In July 2010 she has been invited to join an artist residency in Roccagloriosa (Sa) and in April 2011 she has been invited to realize a project for the artist residency Nosadella Due in Bologna. In December 2012 she had a workshop by Urbanautica to take part in a project of landscape documentation in Zero Branco (Treviso), Italy, with the support of Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche. A group show has been hosted by the Fondazione Benetton in Treviso in December 2013. She is one of the editors of Dg Food Mazine.


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