Pennhurst Asylum Photography Workshop

Pennhurst Asylum
Pennhurst Asylum ©Nick Palmieri

New Date Added September 17 , 2023

Due to our very successful and full workshop, we are pleased to announce that we have been able to secure an additional date in order to accommodate our waitlist.

We have arranged for an exclusive private workshop for our small group to be held indoors as well as on the outdoor grounds of  the historic Pennhurst Asylum. We will have access to several of the buildings interiors as well as much of the exteriors to explore and photograph. 

Pennhurst was an institution for the mentally and physically disabled individuals of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Constructed and opened in 1908. Pennhurst was one of the largest institutions of its kind in Pennsylvania. It was devoted strictly to the care, treatment and education of the disabled. After years of controversy, it was closed on December 9, 1987.

This workshop will allow you to capture wide views as well as details of the amazing textures and colors available due to years of decay and abandonment. Photo ops abound in every corner, turn and floor of this historic site. Not only is color photography a great option but black and white and infrared photography is highly encouraged. We will also have an opportunity to even do some light painting in a section of one of the structures we will have access to. 

Aside from all those photo ops, we have also acquired permission to spend some time doing a bit of aerial photography outdoors for those that have a drone. This of course is weather permitting and barring no Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) from the FAA on that date.

This workshop is not only for intermediate to advanced photographers looking to photograph the historic buildings and grounds, but also for beginners which are looking for special attention with one-on-one instructions with camera settings, compelling compositions and image processing in order to learn and capture great images of their own. 

Please note that we are limiting the number of attendees in order to have a manageable group in which participants will have plenty of space and time to capture the images without having to jockey for position and in order to be able to provide adequate instruction to participants that may require it.  We already have several RSVP’s prior to this public announcement.  So if you are interested in attending early registration is highly recommended. 


Zoom instructional pre workshop meeting: September 13, 2023 7:30 pm

Workshop Date: Sunday, September 17th, 2023 rain or shine 

Time: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Photo Session            

Zoom post workshop image post processing meeting: TBD

Location: Spring City, PA 

An email containing a .pdf file with complete details as well as recommended gear, nearby hotel recommendations (not included in fee) that is offering a discount to our group, as well as all pertaining instructions will be emailed to signed up participants.

It promises to be a great time and we are hoping you can join us!  

We hope to see you there! 

Nick Palmieri and Susan Candelario


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