New York Institute of Photography Celebrates 100 Years of Unparalleled Photography
New York, NY (January 7, 2010) - The New York Institute of Photography (www.nyi100years.com), America's oldest
and largest photography school, was founded in 1910 and celebrates 100 years of leadership in photography
education this year.
In 1910 the Industrial
Revolution was in full swing. The world looked to science and technology to
make life better and American businesses led the way to that better life with
new products, new inventions, and opportunities for people seeking to learn new
skills. It was a natural time to start a school to teach the art and science of
In 1910, America's
population was just over 90 million, less than one-third as many people as
today. Transportation was bringing people closer and making the world smaller. Henry
Ford sold 10,000 cars that year. In New
York City, Penn Station, then the world's largest
train hub, opened. The Wright Brothers conducted the first commercial cargo
flight and Thomas Edison demonstrated the first talking motion picture. In
photography, the first infrared photographs were published in 1910 and the
world's first practical color photography process, the Autochrome, had appeared
just three years earlier.
In the burgeoning
neighborhood around Penn Station - still the location of many vocational
schools - German immigrant Emile Brunel opened the New York Institute of
Photography (NYIP), starting as a retail operation that taught its customers
how to use the photography equipment they bought. The school quickly expanded
into teaching photo engraving, retouching, and cinematography, and began to publish
its lessons in book form.
As it has evolved over 100
years to meet the demand for practical
instruction, NYIP has grown into a renowned institute featuring multi-media
distance education courses in all things photography to aspiring professionals
and passionate amateurs throughout the world. Today, no other photography
school offers instructional materials of the scope and quality of NYIP, and no
other distance education program offers the personal attention that is the
hallmark of NYIP's program.
"Being the foremost distance
education institution for photography in the world, NYIP has continually
evolved with technology through the decades to meet the changing needs of its diverse
and wonderful students," said Chuck DeLaney, director of the New York Institute
of Photography. DeLaney, a long-time professional photographer, has been
affiliated with NYIP for over 30 years. "What
began as a program for professional photographers in 1910 now appeals to a mix
of aspiring professionals and amateurs wanting to improve their photography skills.
We are very proud of our first 100 years and we're ready for what the next
century will bring."
The New York Institute of
Photography began in the early 1900's as a residential school in Manhattan teaching both
photography and motion picture courses, and soon opened branch offices in Brooklyn, NY
and Chicago, IL. From the start (and continuing to this
day) the instructors were all professional photographers of high caliber.
In the 1930's the school
began teaching via distance education. NYIP was first accredited officially for
distance education when the National Home Study Council launched its accreditation
program in 1956. Some years ago, in keeping with the time, the National Home
Study Council changed its name to the Distance Training and Education Council (DETC). NYIP maintains its accreditation with DETC and is also licensed by the New York State
Education Department. In 1975, NYIP
closed its residential school to focus on distance education.
By 1980 the school offered a
multi-media home study photography course that included audio taped evaluations
for every student from their individual instructors, and telephone contact with
the staff professionals. In addition to beautiful color texts, instruction was
provided via pre-recorded audio and video programs. In 2010, the evaluations
are digital and sent to the students as downloads.
Today, every NYIP student is
still fortunate to have a single, highly-skilled and dedicated instructor to
work with throughout the distance education course. Each NYIP instructor
inspires his or her students and challenges them to build on what they know so
they can constantly improve and reach their goals in photography.
In addition to an assigned
instructor, every NYIP student also has access to a professional student
advisor who helps explain to students the materials in their lessons, provides
advice about finding and working with clients, and provides an expert opinion
on the newest photographic equipment and technologies.
From the beginning of each
student's course to the last lesson, instructors (via individual digital
recordings) act as a student's guide and mentor to help every student learn all
the "tricks", "tips" and "secrets" of the professionals.
The New York Institute of Photography,
(www.nyi100years.com), is the world's
oldest and largest photography school. Established in 1910, NYIP has grown to
become the premier provider of distance photography training, educating more
than 20,000 students in the U.S. and more than 50 countries abroad at any given
time. NYIP also publishes a regular newsletter for 100,000 subscribers.
NYIP offers three multi-media home study
courses in Professional
Photography: Photoshop® for Photographers and the NYI Short Course:
Fundamentals of Digital Photography. These courses combine the
convenience of at-home study with state-of-the-art photography training for
everyone from new photo enthusiasts to emerging professional
photographers. Every course includes
printed lessons, supplemented with audio commentary and video demonstrations.
All NYIP students get a personal advisor and custom audio evaluations of their