NEW YORK PHOTOGRAPHY SOCIETY
Together with award-winning 5-Star TripAdvisor High Quality Tours, we create the ultimate in luxury New York VIP experiences. We specialize in designing fine-tuned cultural and artistic excursions to suit our client’s individual desires and needs. We are equipped with state-of-the-art services and amenities. Our hand-picked professional chauffeurs, licensed tour guides, translators, and award-winning connoisseurs will make your adventures in New York captivating, intimate, and memorable.
Drones are one of the hottest technological forces of the 21st century. The ancient human desire to take flight and see the world from a towering view is now available to the masses. So, how can you communicate a soaring visual story and elevate your artistry to new heights? Join award-winning travel photographer Chase Guttman, author of The Handbook of Drone Photography, as he guides you through the airspace of the newest photographic and technological frontier.
Chase is the three-time recipient and first American to win Young Travel Photographer of the Year - an international competition judged by museum curators and magazine editors, was named a World’s Top Travel Photographer by Condé Nast Traveler, a Rising Star by Instagram, and won the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Storytelling and Exploration—a lifetime achievement level honor. He has lectured everywhere from the International Museum of Photography and Film, to the National Arts Club, and has taught at The School of the New York Times, and the Rocky Mountain School of Photography.
Harvey Kopel is the Chairman Emeritus of Sierra Photo New York, a sub-group of the nationally known Sierra Club, as well as an officially certified Central Park Tour Guide. He leads a breathtaking photography workshop through hidden pathways that uncover iconic landmarks, waterways, and wildlife as he points out architectural structures, elements, and art forms that Central Park creators, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, applied while converting this rocky, marshy, wasteland into a large ever-changing work of landscape art. With or without a camera, Harvey rouses your enjoyment of this outdoor masterpiece. The adventure begins at the park’s historic restaurant, the Loeb Boathouse
Founder Linda Selman hosts a luncheon and/or dinner with a walkabout at the turn-of the century, members-only, The National Arts Club in the Gramercy Historic District of New York, where Linda is Chair of the Theatre Committee. The club resides in the exquisite Samuel J. Tilden House, a landmark Victorian Gothic Revival Brownstone. Small groups and weather permitting, a visit to the private, serene residential garden of Gramercy Park is also included.
Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, a powerhouse of energetic and evocative dance company, operating from its home at the renowned Peridance Capezio Center at Union Square, has been thrilling audiences since its founding in 1984 by Artistic Director Igal Perry. Our clients enjoy attending closed rehearsals with the dancers and choreographers, priority seating on opening night, an invitation to the Peridance after-party Gala as well as attending a variety of dance classes.
We convene at the oldest building in Manhattan, Fraunces Tavern Museum, where George Washington bid farewell to his officers in 1776, while licensed Tour Guide and Preservationist Julia Ryan leads an animated discussion on the history of New York City. Next, we walk down narrow streets of former canals followed by pathways where 17th to 19th century architectural structures are positioned side by side affording breathtaking panoramas and dramatic details. The tour ends back at Fraunces Tavern.
Our goal is to exceed our client’s expectations. With so many places to go while visiting New York, planning activities and major attractions can be overwhelming. Embrace New York City with enthusiasm and catch the magic and mystery of the Big Apple with High Quality Tours. TripAdvisor has awarded us their 2017-2019 Certificate of Excellence.
Creator of the Society
Bruce’s passion for photography started while working and living in India, Nepal, Thailand, and Hong Kong. He had the honor of being the personal photographer of the renowned opera singer Shirley Verrett. In addition, he was among a small group of photographers privileged to shoot the Opera Guild’s retirement party for Luciano Pavarotti. He is the in-house photographer for the Theatre Committees at the National Arts Club. Bruce, along with Founder Linda Selman, composes photo-essays for CEO Traveler, a luxury online travel magazine.
Ilana’s passionate sentiment for all who journey inspired her to found the New York City luxury sightseeing company High Quality Tours. As a young Lifestyle Management Travel Advisor, her focus is on customized group and individual itineraries, which meet and exceed its members’ needs and expectations. She specializes in high-end hotel accommodations, VIP experiences and access to exclusive sites. Ilana works closely with the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges, who regard High Quality Tours as one of the region’s premiere tour operations.
Linda is the Creative Director of the NYPS. She has had an exciting theatrical career starring on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in Regional Theater and on Film. She has directed and written plays for Off-Broadway and Television as well as penned a non-fiction adventure mystery entitled The Inadvertent Researcher: A New York Story. She has also co-curated museum exhibitions for the New York Society Library and the Nutley Historical Society. She is Chair of the Theatre Committee at the National Arts Club and a member of the Dramatists Guild.
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