New Yorkers don’t flinch when it comes to shelling out for martinis and MetroCards, so when we finally get something for nothing—like access to pro photography tools at this artists’ pop-up in a giant garage-like space—we couldn’t care less if it’s a marketing gimmick from Levi’s. There’s no catch here, so photography junkies or amateurs who need some guidance from on-hand experts have free rein over a huge selection of vintage cameras that you can take outside for a spin with a $100 refundable deposit. Or stay in-house and play around with super-swank equipment like a $30,000 Leica S2 camera, a full-size photo studio and multiple Mac computers for editing your shots. Immortalize your work with a giant souvenir print from the large-format printer or have it screenprinted for free on a gratis tee. And while consumerism isn’t the goal here, there are a few Levi’s pieces for sale in the upstairs loft, such as men’s and women’s colored cords ($54) and trucker jackets (a dark denim style for men runs $68 while and a cropped black version for gals is $54).
Levi’s Photo Workshop
|Venue name:||Levi’s Photo Workshop|
18 Wooster St
|Cross street:||between Canal and Grand Sts|
|Opening hours:||Tue noon–5pm; Wed–Fri noon–7pm; Sat, Sun 11am–8pm|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E to Canal St (Sixth Ave); 1 to Canal St (Varick St)|