For anyone who doesn't know about the B&H Photo Event Space, you are living in the dark. Firstly, B&H is the Disneyland for photographers - a photo and video mega-store located on 34th street (facing 9th Avenue) in Manhattan. If it has to do with photography, B&H Photo will have it. They also have a lot of other things going on aside from merely retailing. One such thing is the B&H Event Space - a series of lectures by photographers offered free to the general public. The program has been running since 2007 and is directed by photographer David Brommer.
Unlike many such arrangements, B&H is really just motivated to help photographers become better at their practice. In other words, the Event Space is not just a place for company reps to peddle their newest cameras and accessories. The photographers who present and lecture here are working photographers. If you are in New York City nothing will beat showing up in person for one of these event. But, for those of you who live elsewhere, you can also access the events on YouTube on the B&H channel. These videos are not only entertaining, but they will teach you a wealth of information and skills and all for free.
Here are my picks for the top 15 event space talks of all time.
Michael Ernest Sweet is a Canadian writer and photographer. He has two full-length photography monographs in print, "The Human Fragment" and "Michael Sweet's Coney Island" both released from Brooklyn Arts Press in New York. Follow on Twitter to get updates about new features and blog posts @28mmphotos or through his website at www.MichaelSweetPhotography.com.