The Best Photography Museums, Galleries, Bookstores, and Exhibitions in New York


Top Photography Museums and Galleries in New York

The International Center of Photography (ICP)

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Top Photography Museums

Top Photography Bookstores

NYC Photography Festivals

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Top 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 great photography bookstore. Website | Instagram | Facebook.

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

Current Exhibition:

ICP at 50: From the Collection, 1845–2019 – Through May 6th, 2024

David Seidner: Fragments, 1977–99 – Through May 6th, 2024


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.


An-My Lê Between Two Rivers: Floor 3, 3 East
Before Technicolor Early Color on Film: Floor T2/T1
Photography and Language: Floor 4, 419

Upcoming) LaToya Ruby Frazier: Monuments of Solidarity: Floor 3, 3 East, (May 12–Sep 7, 2024)


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.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Frank Ockenfels 3: Introspection: Through March 9th, 2024
Human / Nature: Encountering Ourselves in the Natural World: Through May 2024

Futuristic Ancestry: Warping Matter and Space-time(s): Through May, 2024


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.

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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.


New York Now: Home, A Photography Triennial: Through July 21st, 2024


Top Photography Bookstores

Dashwood Books

Opened in 2005, this intimate bookstore focuses on contemporary photography, with an incredible selection and knowledge of photography books and the industry. Limited edition books that have limited distribution are imported as well.

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 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 your 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.

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.


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.


Saul Leiter: Centennial Feb 10th, 2024


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.


You Belong Here: Place, People, and Purpose in Latinx Photography: Frost Art Museum, FIU May 12th, 2024


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.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Waiting To Be Seen: Illuminating the Photographs of Ray Francis: March 2024



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