About Us

Digital Photography School

What is PhotoUno?

PhotoUno is a NYC based digital photography school. It is a dream that was made possible through hard work and dedication. Patricia Burmicky, the head instructor at PhotoUno, began her photography career in Venezuela. However, life decided to transport her and Francisco (her husband) to New York City. It was time for a change and with the opportunity to continue her studies here; Patricia was more than happy to accept the challenge. But how did all of this lead to her teaching? Throughout her life Patricia found she had a knack for teaching. She was able to make things simple and fun for anyone to understand. It started with teaching her friend’s mother, then another, then a friend’s friend, until she realized that people really enjoy the simplicity and the enthusiasm in her way of teaching. With the support of her husband, PhotoUno Photography School came to be. Since then we are happy and proud to say that our photography school has expanded considerably. We can only hope to continue to grow with the help and support of our students.

What is our Mission?

Our mission is pretty simple … 

We want to provide the hobbyist photographer with the best learning experience. We want to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to become the photographer you want to be. 

Your next question should be … how is PhotoUno going to help ME become a digital photographer?

We are going to provide the best teachers to help you become the best photographer you can be. Our photography courses are designed to be easy and simple to understand, and with a low student to instructor ratio you receive the attention you deserve. That attention, as you will see, comes from our instructors who have gone through a PhotoUno training program in order to insure the consistency in all of our classes. With our spacious and comfortable classrooms, you will find it fun and easy to understand your photography course. There will be nothing you cannot accomplish at PhotoUno!! 

What does PhotoUno have to offer?

Our photography school has everything to offer you!! We offer courses for all levels of photographers; whether you are holding a camera for the first time or are ready to learn professional techniques, PhotoUno is always here to help. We also offer workshops and seminars on many different photography subjects. And of course we give private classes, tailored to our student’s specific needs. No matter what you are looking for PhotoUno can help you.

Where will I be learning? 

Our school is located on 46th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. We have beautiful ample space to get the hands on training you need with your camera. In order to insure that all of our students are getting the most out of their photography course we take no more than nine students per class. But don’t fret!! We offer more than enough sections to accommodate as many students as possible. 

Who will be teaching me?

Our instructors come from many different renowned photography schools. However, they have all gathered here for one sole purpose…their love for photography. Even though they have more than enough knowledge, we provide additional training to insure you have a consistent, positive, and instructive experience at our school.

With this said COME AND MEET OUR STAFF!!!

Our Instructors

Patricia Burmicky


Patricia was born in Caracas, Venezuela to a Venezuelan-Slovenian family. In 2003, she received a B.S. in industrial engineering from the Simon Bolivar University in Caracas. She also studied photography at the Roberto Mata School of Photography in Caracas. In 2008, Patricia moved to New York to study at the International Center of Photography, where she was awarded with a Directors' Fellowship and graduated in June 2010. Here photographs have been exhibited at the Andrea Meislin Gallery and A.I.R. Gallery in New York. Her photographs have been published in ICP's Shift 2010, Tal Cual (Venezuelan newspaper) and Town and Country (magazine) in the Philippines. 

In 2011, she founded PhotoUno Photography School in Midtown Manhattan where she currently teaches. Patricia lives and works in New York with her husband Francisco and her dog named Pitta.

Bria Edwards


Brian has been a fashion and still life photographer for over 20 years. His clients include: Ralph Lauren, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Pantene, and Banana Republic to name a few. He has also been a guest photographer and judge on several cycles of America’s Next Top Model. Originally from the Seattle area he currently lives in Westchester County, NY.

Anthoula Lelekidis


Anthoula Lelekidis is a native New Yorker born and raised in Queens, New York. She graduated from Parsons the New School for Design with a B.F.A. in Photography in May 2011. In 2008, she traveled to Antarctica to photograph the continents’ wildlife and ever-changing landscapes with the ‘Students on Ice’ organization and continues to show a great interest in climate change and environmental awareness. Her photography is in the documentary style, focusing on photojournalism and street photography. She is currently a teacher’s assistant at the International Center of Photography as well as a former alumni.

Marika Robak


Marika Robak was born in Harris, N.Y., in 1987. She received her M.F.A. in fine art from Pratt Institute in May 2013, and her B.A. in visual art, with a concentration in photography, from Fordham University in 2009. Her photography is created in the documentary style, sometimes with a conceptual slant. Intrigued by the power of storytelling, she often works in series, binding unique images into subtle, yet rich narratives. Marika currently lives and works in the New York City area.

Juan Ude


As a photographer Juan Ude has focused primarily on still life and product photography, and secondarily on beauty and portraiture: He worked with a variety of clients to create commercial and editorial images in multiple formats, from concept to high-end product.

As a retoucher he is a Photoshop master: Ten years of experience in retouching and composite creation of high-end still-life and people photography for numerous publications, advertising agencies and photographers.

As a teacher he evaluated, trained and instructed photography, lighting and Photoshop to students (associate’s degree level) and interns in photographic studios.

Leticia Valdez


Leticia is a New York City based freelance fashion and portraiture photographer working with digital, analog and 19th-century alternative photographic processes. Her photographic style is dim and soft, often drawing inspiration from art history and solitude. She is moved by dull and dark color palettes, opting for a quiet and serene mood. Leticia earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts in Costume Studies from New York University.