NYC SALT is a 501c3 nonprofit digital photography and college access program serving high school students in NYC. Taught and lead by professionals in the NYC creative industry we seek to engage, inspire and empower our students to create award winning photography portfolios, pursue higher education and to obtain success jobs after college, seeing work as vocation. We value community and having a life long relationship with each student.

NYC Salt’s four-year studio program
NYC Salt Photography Workshop
NYC Salt Camp




NYC Salt’s four-year studio program exposes student to the highest levels of the photography industry. It enables them to think creatively about their futures while becoming college ready and gaining the life-skills necessary to succeed in college and achieve rewarding professions. Our intensive studio program has three program components:

  • 1. Weekly instruction in digital photography and photo editing classes offered at advanced and introductory levels at our professional studio in Manhattan.
  • 2. College preparation assistance
    and mentorship.
  • 3. Career exposure and readiness. Students also have the opportunity to attend a one-week photography camp during the summer at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, during which time students live in the dormitories and experience college life.


The NYC Salt Photography Workshops, which are an offshoot of the NYC Salt program, help New York City High Schools and community organizations provide their students with access to photography. The program is designed as an entry-level program, and is open to students enrolled at participating high schools and community organizations. The Workshops introduce students to photography and teach basic photography skills, engaging them through shooting exercises and field trips. The workshops are guided by working photographers who tailor the classes and curriculum to the students.

CLICK workshop in your school or community organization

2016 Student Application PDF

    Photography is an outlet for me, a form of art that allows me
convey just about anything. —Laura

This program is led by a professional photographer and NYC SALT studio participants. Students learn basic photography skills and are challenged to find their voices as storytellers. We are looking for partners for our programs every summer.


Call for Applications

Summer Photo Camp for High School Students

August 15th-26th, 2016

Photo camp classes will cover the basics of digital photography, teaching students how to see pictures in the world around them through an understanding of composition, light, color and moment. Students will spend at least half of each day taking pictures with cameras provided by the program, practicing what they learn. The camp will be taught by a professional photographer and NYC SALT studio Residency Program students, and will culminate in a public exhibition of students’ work at the Art Directors Club in Chelsea. Apply here



Please note: Only students who qualify for the free lunch program are eligible

ADC Camp Application PDF

Call for Applications

Seeing your City – Summer Photo Camp for Middle School Students

July 11-15, 2016 (9:30am-3:30pm)



July 18-22, 2016 (9:30am-3:30pm)

Learn the basics of digital photography from a professional photographer in this free one-week day camp, which culminates in a public exhibition at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. Apply here:



Please note: Only students who qualify for the free lunch program are eligible

Seeing Your City Application PDF

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