Hop aboard the Staten Island Ferry to practice documentary-style photography in a distinctive New York setting

Battery Park

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What You'll Do

For a documentary photographer, the Staten Island Ferry is a paradise of subject matter, offering up a vibrant cross section of tourists and city dwellers traveling to and from the smallest borough. In a quick on-land lesson with veteran documentary pic-snapper Joshua Kristal, you'll learn tricks for top-notch photography, and then you'll board the boat for a round-trip practice session. Once back ashore in Manhattan, you'll head to a nearby café with Joshua, discussing what makes your best shots pop and what to practice to get your images to the next level.

  • Learn Tricks of the Trade from a Documentary Photographer
    Joshua shares secrets gleaned over more than two decades of globetrotting photography

  • Capture Classic NYC Shots on the Staten Island Ferry
    An unparalleled cross section of the city, the ferry is the perfect locale to hone documentary-photography techniques

Each event is capped at eight participants; each event requires a minimum of three participants in order to take place.


Your Host

Joshua Kristal Joshua Kristal
Documentary Photographer

Joshua Kristal fell in love with photography more than two decades ago. Since then, he's earned a degree in the art form at Michigan State University and currently works as a professional photographer. He has been all over the world, and he's shot for clients such as the UN, the New York Times, Discovery Channel, and Time.


Scheduled Dates

  • Friday
    November 15 | November 22 | November 29

  • Saturday
    November 23 | November 30

  • Sunday
    November 17 | November 24

Depending on the date, tours are available for the following times:

10 a.m.–noon | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | noon–2 p.m. | 2 p.m.–4 p.m. |
3 p.m.–5 p.m. | 4 p.m.–6 p.m. | 5 p.m.–7 p.m.


Where You'll Meet

Events will begin at the giant eagle statue on the southwest end of Battery Park.



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In a Nutshell

Documentary photographer whose credits include the New York Times and Time leads technique-honing field trips on the Staten Island Ferry

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 3 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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