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Top Photography Museums and Galleries in New York

The International Center of Photography (ICP)


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MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
  • Location: 11 West 53rd Street (5th + 6th)
  • Exhibit: “LaToya Ruby Frazier: Monuments of Solidarity”
  • Ends: September 7th 
    • Details: In this monumental exhibition, Frazier organizes decades of work into what she calls ‘Monuments for Workers’ Thoughts,’ telling the story of the human rights disasters that resulted from capitalist industrialization, and highlighting the spirit of the communities, families, and individuals who were profoundly affected.
    • Personal Notes: This is a photography show of the year in New York. A must-see; there is so much to see and read that it is impossible to go through it all in one visit, making a second viewing very enjoyable as you explore in detail the issues that Frazier has dedicated her life to revealing and promoting. Frazier’s career has it all, and she is only in her early 40s, yet at the same time this show reveals a sad and nostalgic revelation, that no matter what you do, it is often impossible to top the impact and brilliance of a youthful body of work focusing on your life. The early rooms punch like Tyson; the relenting dedication shown through the rest of the exhibit sustains the early power. And a pair of Levi’s Jeans gets destroyed.
International Center of Photography (ICP)
  • Location: 79 Essex Street (off Delancey)
  • Exhibit: “Selections from ICP at 50: From the Collection, 1845–2019”, “Shared Spaces,” and “Yto Barrada, Part-Time Abstractionist”
  • Ends: January 6th, 2025 
    • Details: Selections from the archive, student projects, and abstractions.
    • Personal Notes: Any time you can see the ICP mine their archives is a great day, and this didn’t disappoint, except for some reason they left out photographs from between photography’s invention in 1822 until 1845 and photographs from 2020-2024. They say, “This exhibit traces the development of the medium and photography’s impact on culture and history,” which basically translates to, ‘We chose some bangers from the archive.’ No focus but top-notch photographs. The “Shared Spaces” exhibit balanced this out well to see a variety of energetic student projects. And I’m still trying to learn to appreciate abstract photography, so I’m not the right person to comment on the Yto Barrada exhibit, although the far wall line of six square prints in white frames was beautiful. I prefer when the ICP exhibits are more focused, but still an enjoyable show. Also, I love the bookstore here.
Fotografiska New York
  • Location: 281 Park Avenue South (21st + 22nd)
  • Exhibit: “Vivian Maier: Unseen Work” and “Bruce Gilden: Why These?”
  • Ends: September 29th  
    • Details: A multi-floor exhibition showcasing the street and portrait photography of Vivian Maier and Bruce Gilden, with juxtaposed styles and spirit.
    • Personal Notes: One of the most gorgeous buildings in the city (The 1894 Church Missions House, “a magnificent steel-frame Romanesque structure inspired by the medieval guildhalls of Amsterdam and Haarlem”), a central location, an energetic and modern photography mission, a hip cafe, and a bookstore with a vibrant selection. A speakeasy and restaurant to help support the rent. Yet at the same time, it all missed the mark. Why? The show selection consistently lacked inspiration. I can’t explain it better than Jorg Colberg’s The Neoliberal Photo Museum Is Not Your Friend. The formula didn’t work. Even the slow, aging elevator and creaky building clashed with the museum’s modern makeup, the underlit yet drab galleries befitting more a club than a museum. Perhaps it would have been better after a few bottles of wine. The museum felt like it was pandering, and the current show, while a must-see, is the height of this pander. Two floors of Unseen Vivian Maier, the most seen photographer of the decade; so many of her spectacular photographs, rescued from under her bed and held hostage in these drab rooms. The floor below holds Bruce Gilden’s Why These, a befitting title. I understand the idea of photographing ugly, exposing and sharing the unseen, but there is no love shown in these photographs. They exploit the idea of ugly. The irony is that many of Maier’s photographs were the ones that truly cut. As a whole, I want to love Fotografiska, but it is depressing to say how much I hate it. I sincerely hope they find their way and fix their focus in a new space. As of now, the most beautiful thing about the gallery in its current state is the carpet on the way out.
Asia Society
  • Location: 725 Park Avenue (between 70th + 71st)
  • Exhibit: “Coal + Ice”
  • Ends: August 11th 
    • Details: A powerful visual experience that highlights the impact of climate change through photography and video installations, focusing on the interlinked stories of coal and ice.
    • Personal Notes: What a surprise. This show immerses you in gorgeous wall-scale photography and video, aiming to put you in the scenes and bring you closer to the scale of climate change. The curators state that they are not trying to scare but to educate; it’s clear they are cognisant of turning people off or being too pessimistic. Though I probably could have handled and wanted more pessimism. They did an exceptional job translating the feeling of scale when dealing with this issue. An immersive room showing a New York red with forest fire smog (accompanied by the smell of burning embers) is attached to a futuristic green New York. Showing multiple outcomes was a particularly powerful experience.
Staley-Wise Gallery
  • Location: 100 Crosby Street, Suite 305 (off Prince)
  • Exhibit: “Pairs”
  • Ends: August 16th  
    • Details: The idea of pairs is used to comb the Staley-Wise archives.
    • Personal Notes: I enjoyed the Staley-Wise space more than Howard Greenberg or Edwynn Souk (not saying I disliked the other two). As you walk down a long hallway, you expect to pop into a quiet little gallery, but then the pristine and bright walls open up to an oasis. Pairs was a smart choice. And half the gallery consists of their back rooms, which show a selection of fascinating and often iconic prints that go beyond the show. A must-visit.
    • ADD Note: I’d love to give these galleries random themes for shows. Mid-40s Bald Men. Cheese. Food in the bathroom. I sense a Bravo show idea.
Museum of the City of New York
  • Location: 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
  • Exhibit: “This Is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture”
  • Ends: July 21st
    • Details: A century of New York’s portrayal in art and popular culture, featuring works from artists, filmmakers, musicians, and writers inspired by the city.
    • Personal Notes: While the exhibit itself was wonderful, the entire museum is basically an exhibit of photography, objects, and art used to tell the story of New York. As a guide, I learned many new insights and facts about the city and it placed big historical shifts and timeframes into perspective. An absolute top hidden gem museum in the city, filled with treasures.


If You’re In The Area

The Met
  • Location: 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
  • Exhibit: “The Real Thing: Unpackaging Product Photography,” “The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism,” and “Don’t Forget to Call Your Mother”
  • End Date: August 4, 2024
    • Details: The art and history of product photography, a Harlem Renaissance art exhibit with a lot of great photography, and an exhibit about snapshots and objects that create feelings of “sentimentality and nostalgia.”
    • Personal Notes: Go up the stairs, take a left, and walk for a bit. That’s usually where the photography is located. I’m usually hard on the MET, which boasts an archive of 75,000 photographs, but it’s important to remember that it’s not the ICP nor the MoMA, with less contemporary photography. The product photography exhibit was much more interesting than I expected and especially fascinating from a design, cultural, and printing perspective. The “Mother” show seemed similar in idea to many of the smaller galleries, with curators thinking of ways to explore vast archives in ways that sort of make sense but not fully. Though the variety of photography itself was varied and interesting. Finally, both smaller photography exhibits were next to the Harlem Renaissance exhibit, which is really why you should visit right now. It included lots of photography, mostly by James Van Der Zee.
Howard Greenberg Gallery
  • Location: 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406
  • Exhibit: “Printer Savant: Lumiere Press And The Art of The Photo Book”
  • Ends: Aug 16th 
    • Details: This exhibition highlights books by the famed fine art publisher Lumiere Press. Iconic prints from photographers featured in their books line the walls.
    • Personal Notes: The beauty of the Howard Greenberg and Edwynn Houk galleries is that they are around the corner from each other and in a convenient location to pop in whenever you have the time. Because they are in the business of selling prints to collectors, they always have iconic prints on the wall. However they are small galleries, so your time there will be short. But I imagine the experience of bringing $3,000 to $5,000 to spend on a print and being taken through their archives must be legendary.
Edwynn Houk Gallery
Benrubi Gallery
  • Location: 521 West 26th Street, Floor 2
  • Exhibit: “Gorgeousness: A Summer Pride Show Curated by Richard Renaldi”
  • Ends: September 17th  
    • Details: Curated by Richard Renaldi, this tiny but vibrant show features works by various artists that explore themes of beauty, identity, and pride within the LGBTQ+ community.
    • Personal Notes: Benrubi feels too small a space for their importance, but they are a visit when you are in the far-west gallery neighborhood. The work was varied, unique, inspirational, emotional, and dramatic. This was also a masterclass on how to fill a gallery wall.
Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York
  • Location: 126 Baxter Street (off Canal)
  • Exhibit: “Avion Pearce: 2024 Aperture Portfolio Prize Winner”
  • Ends: July 26th 
    • Details: Showcasing In The Hours Before Dawn by Avion Pearce, winner of the 2024 Aperture Portfolio Prize.
    • Personal Notes: “An ode to the possibilities of the midnight hours. The experience of the queer and trans community of color in Brooklyn.” I was unfamiliar with Pearce’s work, which was touching, tender, sharp spiritually, and filled with color. Red room lighting that only enhanced this color. My first visit to the two gallery storefronts of the Camera Club of New York, and I want to be a fly on the wall there. Sadly, this gallery is where I walk and work three days a week, right off Canal, on a random side block that I never choose to walk. Right under my nose, the 140-year organization, with such a wonderful gallery. My only thought was that those walls needed to be filled, in the vein of Benrubi or Printed Matter. I wanted to see more of Avion. Tack prints to the wall, I don’t care. More!
New York Historical Society
  • Location: 170 Central Park West (77th Street)
  • Exhibit: “Lost New York”
  • Ends: September 29th  
    • Details: This exhibition explores the history of New York City through artifacts, photographs, and art focusing on pastimes, culture, and buildings that have succumbed to time.
    • Personal Notes: A hidden gem of the same caliber as The Museum of the City of New York, the Historical Society mixes photography, art, objects, and education in both unique and grand shows. The best part of the museum was the Tiffany Lamp Exhibit, which I stupidly didn’t take photographs of. I was too lost in the beauty and space.


Photography Museums


Top Photography Museums and Galleries in New YorkInternational Center of Photography (ICP)

Recently relocated to the heart of the Lower East Side and the new Essex Crossing development, the ICP Museum is the premier photography museum in New York, which hosts a diverse selection of shows from top photographers and fascinating topics. This is a must-see for any photography enthusiast and they have a top photography bookstore in the lobby. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 79 Essex Street (Lower East Side), New York, NY 10002.



Museum of Modern Art PhotographyMuseum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art may be most well known for its paintings and sculptures, but its collection of more than 25,000 photographs makes it one of the most important photography museums in the world. In addition to the dedicated photography wing, there are often feature photography shows. The MoMA is a must see.  Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 11 West 53rd Street (Midtown), New York, NY 10019.



Fotografiska Photography MuseumFotografiska New York

The Stockholm-based photography center Fotografiska recently opened this exciting New York extension in a 45,000-square-foot historic building. The six-floor space will include three-floors of exhibitions, dining, and a photography bookstore. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 281 Park Avenue South (Flatiron District), New York, NY 10010.




Metropolitan Museum of Art PhotographyThe Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met’s Department of Photography holds a collection of around 75,000 photographs, including the Stieglitz Collection, the Ford Motor Company Collection, the Gilman Paper Company Collection, and a large postwar collection of photography led by Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, William Klein, and Harry Callahan. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 1000 5th Avenue (Upper East Side), New York, NY 10028.




Museum of the City of New York PhotographyThe Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York has a collection of more than 400,000 prints and negatives that document New York from the mid 19th century to the present. They also give significant attention to (relatively) newer photographers. Website | Instagram | Facebook | Explore Collection Online.

Address: 1220 Fifth Ave (Upper East Side), New York, NY 10029.



Photography Bookstores


Dashwood Books

A New York photography book mecca in a chic basement storefront on the gorgeous cobblestones of Bond Street. A community in a storefront, a convenient downtown location, and they often host book launches and signings. I urge you all to visit the esteemed Miwa Susuda and her smile behind the counter, try to stump her with your complex and weird interests, and see the magical books she snaps from behind your ear. Just as magical are the questions she asks to learn you, often cutting deeply (in a good way). There is an art to her questions. While searching through the packed and vibrant shelves, the small space encourages you to eavesdrop on her fascinating conversations within a shop that attracts the most fascinating of people.

This is the photography bookstore to begin at. Website | Instagram

Address: 33 Bond Street (East Village / NOHO), New York, NY 10003.



The Best New York Photography Galleries and MuseumsThe Strand Bookstore

The Strand is probably one of the best place to get a photography education in New York City. Opened in 1927 and home to 2.5 million books, the 2nd floor has a photography collection of new and old books that is unmatched. For those that believe the book is the perfect presentation for photography, this is a mecca. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 828 Broadway (East Village), New York, NY 10003.


Printed Matter Photography BookstorePrinted Matter:

Founded in 1967, Printed Matter is a world-leading non-profit dedicated to the dissemination, understanding, and appreciation of artists’ books and related publications. They work with a broad variety of artists and photographers and seek to increase the visibility and appreciation of the field. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 231 11th Ave (Chelsea), New York, NY 10001.


Printed Matter Photography BookstoreRizzoli:

While not exclusively a photography bookstore, Rizzoli offers a large collection of high-quality photography books, including a fantastic New York section. This is a wonderful overall bookstore in a central part of the city. Website

Address: 1133 Broadway (Flatiron District), New York, NY 10010.


NYC Photography Festivals



Dates: June 1-16, 2024

Photoville, tucked in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park, is a visual playground for photo-enthusiasts and New Yorkers searching for a vibrant art experience. Outdoor exhibits and shipping containers, repurposed as impromptu galleries, dot the park’s landscape, each sharing unique stories from relevant photographers around the world.

But Photoville is more than just a bunch of exhibits. This annual event offers talks, shows, workshops, workshops, and evening projections that light up the park after sundown. Each year, it is one of the best and most awaited photography shows in New York. Website | Instagram

Address: 17 Water Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 11201.


AIPAD’s Photography Show:

Dates: April 25 – 28, 2024

Each year, The Association of International Photography Art Dealers, holds a massive photography show. Unfolding over several days, this premiere event serves as a gathering of art dealers, acclaimed photographers, and enthusiastic collectors.

The Photography Show is a dynamic showcase of the broad landscape of photography, from contemporary to classic, as well as venturing into the realm of photo-based art, video, and new media. AIPAD also includes informative panels and the ability to engage with photography dealers, a wonderful way to explore and talk about photography. Website | Instagram

Address: Center415, 415 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016.


NY Art Book Fair:

Dates: April 25th-28th, 2024

Organized by Printed Matter, this fair is a can’t miss. While it can be a chaotic and energetic affair, the show includes many top photography publishers with tables of their new titles. It is a fantastic way to peruse the newest books and zines, talk to publishers about what they are excited about, and to pick up a few titles. Website

Address: 548 W. 22nd St.



Top Photography Galleries:


Howard Greenberg GalleryHoward Greenberg Gallery

Founded in 1981, the Howard Greenberg Gallery was one of the first to exhibit street photography and photojournalism and has a range of work spanning from Pictoralism to Modernism. The gallery represents an impressive range of photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, André Kertész, William Klein, Eugène Atget, Bruce Davidson, Gordon Parks, Edward Steichen, Joel Meyerowitz, Vivian Maier, Paul Strand, Berenice Abbott, and Edward Weston. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 41 East 57th Street (Midtown), New York, NY 10022.



Aperture Photography GalleryAperture Gallery

This gallery is part of the Aperture Foundation, publisher of Aperture Magazine. Founded in 1952, this group once included Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Minor White. This space hosts free artist’s lectures, book signings, and discussions in addition to exhibitions. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 547 W 27th Street, Floor 4 (West Chelsea), New York, NY 10001.



Danziger Photography GalleryDanziger Gallery

Founded in 1990, the Danziger Gallery runs diverse and original photography shows, responding quickly to newer artists and the evolution of the world of photography. Its programming receives inspiration from the world of art, new media, and print. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 980 Madison Ave (Upper East Side), New York, NY 10075.



Pace/MacGill Photography GalleryPace Gallery

Founded in 1983, the Pace/MacGill Gallery has become one of the leading modern and contemporary photography galleries in New York, presenting over 350 exhibitions. The gallery has represented Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Richard Avedon, Josef Koudelka, Harry Callahan, Irving Penn, and Alfred Stieglitz. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 540 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001.



Yancey Richardson Photography GalleryYancey Richardson Gallery

Founded in 1995, the Yancey Richardson Gallery represents emerging and mid-career artists, in addition to regularly exhibiting the work of established masters, including William Eggleston, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ed Ruscha, and August Sander. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 525 West 22nd Street (West Chelsea), New York, NY 10011.


Edwynn Houk Photography GalleryEdwynn Houk Gallery

Founded in 1977, this gallery specializes in vintage photographs from 1917-1939 from the Modernist Movement and has represented André Kertész, Robert Frank, Brassaï, Dorothea Lange, Sally Mann, and Annie Liebovitz. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 745 5th Ave #407, (Midtown), New York, NY 10151.



Staley-Wise Photography GalleryStaley-Wise

Founded in 1981, Staley-Wise exhibits the work of fashion photographers, including Richard Avendon, Herb Ritts, David LaChapelle, and Patrick Demarchelier. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 100 Crosby Street, Suite 305 (SoHo), New York, NY 10011.



Janet Borden Photography GalleryJanet Borden

While also showing work in other mediums, Janet Borden focuses on contemporary photographers in her Dumbo gallery, including the work of Martin Parr. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 91 Water St (Dumbo), Brooklyn, NY 11201.


Bonni Benrubi Photography GalleryBenrubi Gallery

Founded in 1987, the Benrubi Gallery has focused on 20th Century and contemporary photography. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 521 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor (Chelsea), New York, NY 10001.


Robert Mann Photography GalleryRobert Mann Gallery

The Robert Mann Gallery focuses on both 20th-century masters and emerging and mid-career photographers. They have exhibited Ansel Adams, Robert Frank, and Michael Kenna. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 525 West 26nd Street (West Chelsea), New York, NY 10001.


Laurence Miller Photography GalleryLaurence Miller Gallery

Founded in 1984, the Laurence Miller Gallery has focused on both contemporary and vintage photography. The gallery specializes in American photography since 1940, Asian photography since 1950, and international contemporary photo-based art. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 521 West 26nd Street (West Chelsea), New York, NY 10019.



Yossi Milo Photography GalleryYossi Millo Gallery

Founded in 2000, the Yossi Milo Gallery focuses on the work of international contemporary artists specializing in photography, video, and works on paper. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 245 10th Avenue (West Chelsea), New York, NY 10011.



Bruce Silverstein Photography GalleryBruce Silverstein Gallery

Opened in 2001, this gallery isn’t exclusive to photography, but photographers make up a large portion of the people represented, including André Kertész and Lisette Model. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

Address: 535 West 24th Street (West Chelsea), New York, NY 10011.


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