Read what people who have attended Abandoned America photo workshops and tours have to say:
"I've attended several of Matthew's workshops. My favorites have been Scranton Lace (which sadly is no more) and his Keeping the Faith. I also attended the Ruins in Romania workshop, and it was phenomenal!! Just finding all these amazing places he gets us in to photograph is a feat in itself. He is there for as much help as you would like and to answer any questions you have. His work is such an inspiration and makes you want to find more abandoned places to photograph. If you want to photograph some amazing places, join Matthew on his workshops!!"
"I've known Matthew for so many years and attended some of his great workshops. My first one was St.Peter’s Episcopal Church, then Lansdown Theater, Scranton Lace, Keeping the Faith and last year Ruins of Romania photo tour.
Matthew is very knowledgeable, always there to help not only with photo related issues, but everything else during the workshop or trip. My husband and I traveled to Romania and we had a best time ever. Matthew went above and beyond to make sure that the trip met everyone’s expectations. We all came back home not only with a great shots of fantastic locations, but so many wonderful memories of super good time together.
Matthew combines his love for the history and abandoned places with great photographic skills, but what’s most important, he is just an awesome human being! And he loves cats!"
"I have been on several trips with Matthew Christopher, and he is the best group leader of all of those whose events I have attended. He is intelligent, personable, knowledgeable about all aspects of photography, and an excellent teacher.
Matthew selects very interesting sites and is very knowledgeable about them. He does not photograph himself. Instead, he spends all of his time helping those who attend to get the very best photographs that they can. I would strongly suggest that anyone attend his events."
Matt's workshops have not only pushed my photographic skills to a higher level, they have changed the way I look for an image and, ultimately, create the final fine art image.
I've been attending Matt's workshops since 2013 and if I don't hold the 'highest number of workshops attended' record, I'm probably in the top 5. :-) There are only a few of his US workshops that I have not been on and most of them I have attended numerous times - because no matter how many times I've been to a location new images always emerge. Sometimes it is just the lighting that has changed that produces an entirely new image or sometimes something will catch my eye that I had never noticed prior. Whatever the reason, Matt's workshops have inspired me to see the hidden beauty in abandoned places and I am very pleased with my results. He gives us full access to some places that are totally inaccessible to others - almost guaranteeing images few have seen before.
One of the best things about Matt's workshops is that we are free to explore the site fully on our own. But Matt is always readily available to assist with any photography question - whether it is about your camera equipment or a technique you may be struggling with. And although I have 40 years of photography experience, there is always something new to learn and when I look to Matt for advice, I know I'm learning from one of the best.
His books are also incredible! When I purchased the first one, I presumed it would be a good 'coffee table' book - but I was wrong: it was so much more. Matt explains the history of every site covered in his books - and he is an amazing writer. I found his writing style is down to earth, empathetic - and even a bit of humor. Honestly, I could not put the book down and read it cover to cover in one sitting. Of course, the images were great - but I'd have to say the his writing was 'over the top'.
I always look forward to attending Matt's workshops - he's always friendly and pleasant to all attendees - I can't think of a better way to spend a day!
I would absolutely recommend Matthew's tours. In fact, I have. I attended the Irem Temple tour. I greatly appreciated the control and order over all of us attending as to not get in each other’s way while photographing this beauty. Maintaining respect for each other’s space was incredibly important to me.
Donna Dolin (Instagram)
When I heard about Abandoned America, it instantly peaked my interest and I signed up for a workshop. Well, one led to five more, with one repeat. Matthew provides access to a wide variety of sites, allows you to "do your thing" but also is there for the most professional help and guidance you can imagine. He schedules the right about of participants and hours of access to make every workshop better that the last!!!!
Each one is worth the trip no matter how far! I will be attending more.
My first Abandoned America trip was the trolley graveyard and it was one of the most awesome experiences for me photographically. A lot of those pictures were entered into an exhibit that I had in New Hope, Pennsylvania and it was very well-received! Another memorable one was Dixie Cup Factory and again it allowed me to really explore a lot of new things and open my mind to just how much I love exploring abandoned places. Matthew is always available for support but allows everyone to do their own thing. I'm looking forward to my next adventure, American Treasures. My partner in crime for these trips is Amy Black, another awesome urbex photog!
Natalie Grimmer (Facebook)
I attended my first Abandoned America workshop after seeing Matthew Christopher’s book online. I signed up for a trip to Pennhurst and I, a nervous photography newby, was quickly put at ease. Five years and a dozen workshops later, there’s no other workshops I’d attend. Available for questions on anything from settings to editing to publishing and equally willing to just let us explore, Matthew provides not only rare access, but a fun, encouraging guide. My understanding of ISO, light-painting and bracketing have come from Matthew’s guidance. The workshops themselves present an opportunity to visit spaces not otherwise accessible and the variety of sites expands both our interests and abilities. If you can’t manage that perfect shot, Matthew is nearby to guide you. And if you’re looking for advanced notice/sign-up on new workshops and want a sneak peak of Matthew’s incredible work, I highly recommend becoming a patron on Patreon.