New York University, Neleman’s alma mater, and the International Center of Photography, recently called on Neleman to return as part-time faculty. Addressing the recent “re-discovery” by young photographers of shooting analog, with large format cameras and film, he titled his course “Back to the Future”. For ICP courses in the “History of Collage in Photography” and the “History of Still Life in Art and Commerce” are set. Prior to this, from 1993-1995, while running his studio in New York, Neleman dedicated his time as an adjunct professor at New York University, taught at the School of Visual Arts for two years, and gave regular workshops at the International Center of Photography.

2019 classes:


“Still Crazy”: The History of Still Life Photography in Art and Commerce

This course follows the artistic and commercial history of the ‘inanimate object’ from the 17th Century Dutch vanitas, to the digital captures of today’s leading-edge photographers.

By studying various art movements that influenced still-life photography, we will better understand the genre and the purpose of ‘Nature Morte’. We'll address symbolic depth and meaning, but equal attention will be given to hands-on practice. Inspired by master artists and photographers, we will experiment with large format cameras, studio lighting techniques, and creative composition.



"Back to the Future": The Resurgence of Large Format and Film in Contemporary Photography

While not shying away from the advantages of the digital age, a new wave of young photographers and artists continues to be inspired to shoot analog again, using film with traditional large format cameras. This course explores this phenomenon in a compassionate non-technical, artistic and hands-on manner. We’ll examine the symbiosis of art and commerce by looking closely at the work of successful contemporary photo-artists as well as leading cutting-edge commercial photographers working today. We will have photographers/artists who’ll share insights and techniques as our guests, and the class will go on studio and/or gallery visits. We’ll investigate the influence of the masters of large format from recent history, such as Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, by studying lighting situations and still life set-ups with 4x5 cameras in the studio. Students will be expected to complete photo assignments as part of the course.



Sydney, Australia

Advertising Photographers of America              

Atlanta, Georgia; San Francisco, California; Portland, Oregon

American Institute of Graphic Arts                    

Minneapolis, Minnesota

American Society of Media Photographers         

Nashville, Tennessee; Detroit, Michigan; Jersey City, New Jersey

AWI Creative Convention                              

Hamburg, Germany


Sacramento, California

International Center of Photography

New York City, New York

Institute of Professional Photographers              

Auckland, New Zealand

Maine Photographic Workshop                       

Rockport, Maine

Museum of Modern Art                                 

Monterrey, Mexico

New School                                                 

New Delhi, India

New York University

New York City, New York

Photo Expo                                                 

New York City, New York

Photo Expo West                                         

Los Angeles, California

Photo Symposium                                        

Beijing, China

Portfolio Center                                            

Atlanta, Georgia

Prima Imaging                                             

Jakarta, Indonesia

Santa Fe Workshop                                      

Santa Fe, New Mexico

School of Visual Arts

New York City, New York

Society of Advertising Photographers               

Stockholm, Sweden

The Taft School

Watertown, Connecticut


Ukraine, Russia, Indonesia, Brazil, Uruguay,

Argentina, Chile and more.


School of Visual Arts

New York City, New York

University of Westminster

London, United Kingdom

Young Photographers Alliance

New York City, New York