The Best Photography Museums, Galleries, Bookstores, and Exhibitions in New York
The International Center of Photography (ICP)
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Upcoming Shows (Summer/Fall 2023)
Avedon 100 – Extended Through July 7th
Love Songs, Photography and Intimacy – Through Sept 11th
Avedon Murals – Through October 1st
Berenice Abbott’s New York Album – Through Sept 4th
Bruce Davidson, The Way Back – Through Sept 6th
New York Now: Home A Photography Triennial – Through August 27th
The Early Photographs of Andre Kertesz – Through Aug 5th
Summer Lovin’ – Through Aug 18th
Terra Femina – Through Sept 1
Top Photography Museums
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.
Love Songs, Photography and Intimacy: Feb 4–Aug 15, 2021
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.
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.
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.
Richard Avedon, Murals: Through Oct 1st, 2023
Berenice Abbott’s New York Album, 1929: Through Sept 4th, 2023
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 August 27th, 2023
Top Photography Bookstores
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.
Address: 33 Bond Street (East Village / NOHO), New York, NY 10003.
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.
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 3-18, 2023
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.
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:
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.
Bruce Davidson, The Way Back: June 23rd – Sept 6th, 2023
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Address: 100 Crosby Street, Suite 305 (SoHo), New York, NY 10011.
Address: 91 Water St (Dumbo), Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Address: 521 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor (Chelsea), New York, NY 10001.
Terra Femina: June 13 – Sept 1, 2023
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.
Summer Lovin: May 6 – June 26, 2021
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.
Address: 245 10th Avenue (West Chelsea), New York, NY 10011.
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.
The Early Photographs of Andre Kertesz: May 25 – Aug 5, 2023
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