The New York Institute of Photography (or NYIP) is a for-profit distance education school based out of New York City, offering different courses in photography to students all over the world. NYIP currently offers five courses in Photography


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The New York Institute of Photography was founded in 1910, according to early brochures, by Emile Brunel. At the time, he named the school the E. Brunel School of Photography. Emile was a sculptor/artist/photographer best known for his celebrity portraits.

NYIP was officially registered as a business with the Supreme Course of the State of New York in 1915.

In its early days, NYIP was a residential school, with offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Chicago. The instructors were always professional photographers. The Manhattan offices, where the main course was originally developed covered 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) of space. A home study course was added in the 1940s but was not as popular as the face to face lectures.

NYIP was first given educational accreditation when the National Home Study Council announced its inaugural class in 1956. Around that time the company was bought by Harold Deckoff, who was a printer who established the Tribune Publishing Co.

In 1971, shortly after Harold Deckoff’s death, NYIP went bankrupt. Marvin Deckoff, Harold’s son, bought the rights to continue the business. In 1976, he sold the business to Don Sheff. Marvin and Don worked together to rebuild the business from the ground up. They rewrote course materials, began trying different types of advertising, and worked on expanding the home study courses.

In addition to the courses, the New York Institute of Photography has printed a number of books on various photography subjects, including Motion Picture Directing and Motion Picture Photography.

It has a Canadian Division, too. In 2012, the New York Institute of Photography announced that it was partnering with Distance Education Russia, to create a Russian-language version of its Complete Course in Professional Photography. Today, NYIP is the world’s largest and oldest photography school, with over 20,000 graduates worldwide.

NYIP has always used instructors who are professional photographers located in and around New York City who are eager to share their skills and experience with photography students. Some active instructors include Walter Karling and Chris Corradino.

The school is operated by Distance Education Co. and is associated with the Sheffield School and the New York Institute of Career Development.


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Notable graduates

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  • Burim Myftiu
  • Ernest Cole
  • Josaphat-Robert Large
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  • Glenn Danzig
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  • Stephen Tomajczyk
  • David Michael Kennedy
  • Floyd Crosby
  • W. Eugene Smith
  • Paul Gilmore - Earth's first moon rock photographer
  • Richard Weede - who shot several of the most famous photographs of Elvis Presley


The New York Institute of Photography is nationally accredited to provide distance education training by the Distance Education Accreditation Commission (DEAC). In addition, since the school is based in New York, they are licensed by the New York State Department of Education.

The Better Business Bureau gives the New York Institute of Photography an A rating.


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External links

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  • Official website
  • NYIP Canadian Division

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