"Dear Jamie,
I just wanted to say thank you for an excellent workshop. I know it's hard to read us Brits but I want you to know I had a great time!
Thanks for your patience. Our group was an interesting mix. Your calm, measured approach was much appreciated.  You changed us all and I hope in my case the change continues. Old dogs. New tricks. But let's hope.
Please also pass on my personal thanks to Seth, Doug, Geoff and Joseph. They made up quite a faculty!
In their unique ways they are all impressive artists and I am more than happy to have met them. They straddled the line between showing us the horizon and inducing a camera-tossing despair of ever reaching it very delicately!
Take care and don't forget to be good to yourself too amidst your laudable philanthropy. You too deserve your place in the world.
Best wishes,  Steven"
  • Steven Shone, London, England

"It was definitely worth the investment made to attend. I found the variety of participants and their respective photo interests and styles stimulating. I especially found the variety of guest speakers a real plus as it exposed me to a wide range of approaches, philosophies, and styles of photography. I appreciated each of their efforts to “translate” their insights to us even though we weren’t always shooting the exact type of images they were. The depth of their belief and commitment to their art was impressive and clearly were major drivers in their quest for their “best” photographic production."
  • Ray Scott, Little Rock, AR

"The workshop was very intense, with great discussions.  The selection of guest speakers and their experience was priceless. Learned a lot from their experience and enjoyed seeing their extensive work.  The studio was spacious and comfortable."
  • Marta Amaral, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"Ideveloped a better perspective on my own work and have begun to develop a perspective on it not so much as an assortment of interesting individual images but as a body of work where individual images are related to others and represent my individual perspective on the world around me.
It was interesting to see the reactions of diverse individuals to the same group of images and to note which photographs they responded to.  So the critical reviews were the best part."
  • Tom Dackow, Summit, NJ

"When I speak of this past week, I speak of the creativity and stimulation that I felt.  I learned from each and everyone’s images.  And, I learned the necessity of being able to engage people, something I can do in a studio environment, less so on the streets of New York.
Well, of course the critiques of our work.  We so seldom are exposed to women photographers, and Barbara Bordnick’s critique was spot on.  I didn’t understand why one of my images captured me, but after’s Seth’s exercise in writing down key words, I fully realized why those things mattered—the still zen like feeling.  I fully connected with each day.  I found each hour to be beneficial."
  • Deanna Bittker, New York, NY

"I learned a lot about how to ‘think’ like a photographer and ‘see’ like a photographer.  This was very valuable to me.  As was the small group size and critiques."
  • Fran Meckler, San Francisco, CA

"Great balance of peer interaction, engagement with master photographers, and the technical and artistic sides of photography.
I most enjoyed the collegiality and peer critiques, balance of workshop time with shooting time and daily presentation by different master photographers."
  • David Rider, New York, NY 

“After producing Jay Maisel's photography workshops for many years, Jamie Smith is now hosting his own workshops, which include many of the elements that made Jay's so successful.  Jamie’s workshops feature photographers I really respect, such as Seth Resnick. I've been to a lot of "lightweight" workshops that are fun and informative, but if you *really* want to dive deep into photography and have an intensively educational and inspirational experience, this is the kind of workshop you want to take, and Jaime's one of the best at producing them.”
  • Scott Smith,  Washington D.C.

"Tell Mr. Wilkes that it was something else on Ellis Island that pushed him along to finish quick and get out.  I love those images!  I enjoyed Barbara’s lecture and visit to her studio.  She is wonderful.  I wish I could give her another hug.  Seth has a unique boyish view of life and it shows in his images.  I love his color work.  Immensely enjoyed his lecture.  And Jay, I love him!
If a friend asked about the course, I would advise to take it.  I would tell them that the artist speakers are worth the class.  The students attending the workshop are important and it was great meeting these folks and interacting with them."
  • Victor Santos, Fallbrook, CA

"Jamie Smith has worked with me at The Bank on the workshop, Light, Gesture, & Color for the last eight years.  Without him, the workshop would have been a lesser experience for everybody.  With him, the workshop has evolved over the years into this book you hold in your hands."
  • Jay Maisel,  Brooklyn, NY  (Quote from Jay's book, Light, Gesture, & Color)