Motos & Photos Night : NYC

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We're building a community of NYC-based motorcycle photographers, filmmakers and artists promoting interchange, common events, mentorship, education and inspiring content ...

Rahoul Ghose, NYC Motorcyclist


We're building a community of NYC-based motorcycle photographers, promoting interchange, common events, mentorship, education and inspiring content through a monthly, off-season photo night here in the city. The event brings together moto enthusiasts/photographers to socialize and talk about riding and shooting ... we'll have profiled photographers speaking about their experiences, inspirations and advice, and a regular panel discussing moto-photo related topics. After December events will be held on one of the last two Thursdays of the month through April. December's inaugural event featured talks with Grace Roselli, Dean 'Chooch' Landry and Mike Higgins. (feature & gallery)


NYC's No. 1 action sports store, Filipacchi -- based in NOLITA, Manhattan (North of Little Italy) -- will host the second Motos & Photos, Thursday, Jan. 24.

Gracing the stage in January will be:

  • Photographer John Saponara, who will be unveiling a new, in-progress, photo project, tentatively titled 'Humanizing Motorcyclists', which features portraits of friends he rides with in NYC. — NYC Motorcyclist feature |

  • Photojournalist Allan Tannenbaum, who worked for the SoHo Weekly News during that area's musical renaissance (CBGBs and Studio 54) ... his new love? A 1968 Norton Commando 20M3. — NYC Motorcyclist feature |

  • Cine Meccanica and Motorcycle Film Festival (MFF)founder Corinna Mantlo, who's latest exploits include curating all moto films for The Vintagent. — NYC Motorcyclist feature |

Each will get some individual time to discuss their journey. And all three will be taking questions following their talks.


We are blessed: MOTO SPIRITS will be on site with samples from their Brooklyn-made Whiskey line as well as bottles for sale to take the chill off. Oficina Latina, Nolita's Panamerican-inspired bar and restaurant will be supplying snacks for the night. And slice connoisseurs Prince St. Pizza will be supplying some pies for the evening. Oficina Latina is also offering a 2-for-1 drink special after the event for all attendees ... the restaurant/bar is located right across the street from Filipacchi.


Every event will encourage attendees to participate, with a monthly image submission based a on specific topic.

For January local photogs are asked to submit their best moto-related photo taken in 2019. With the chill in the air and some bikes already in storage, we all need some inspiration to hold on to.

The top five, as judged by our event committee, will be shown at the event with photogs brought up to discuss their image. Photos will also be put up in a gallery on and possibly be used in a future issue of Motoveli Magazine.

Hashtag your entries #motosandphotosnyc on Instagram. If we see a photo we really like, we'll also be hashtagging entries. You can also send in your photos using the form linked below, or email them, with your details to

NOTE: If you're using the form, once you've attached your image remember to click the 'Begin Upload' button.


To help fund future events, and with the generous support of VANSON and Filipacchi, we will be raffling off a Vanson Stormer waxed cotton jacket (valued at $500) at the Jan. 24 event. A five dollar ($5) ticket gets you in the running, with the winner drawn at the evening's close. Vanson Leathers rep Constantine Xanthopoulos will be on hand during the night to award the winner, and to offer custom fittings in the Filipacchi offices. Anyone who wants to book a fitting in advance can email Denise Lasprogata at or call the office at 212-433-4433. Fittings will be on the 2nd floor and can be booked anytime after 3 PM to 10 PM on Jan. 24.

Brooklyn's newly opened Got Light Studio has also upped the ante for our Motos and Photos Night : NYC draw as well. Located a few hundred meters (yes I'm Canadian) from Domino Park in Williamsburg, the studio has added a free motorcycle/ biker portrait shoot with photographer Richard Baranyai to the pool. You can check out the facility online at


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