The Best Photography Museums, Galleries, and Exhibitions in New York
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Top Photography Museums
Recently relocated (opens January 2020) 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.
Upcoming Exhibitions: None – opening January 2020
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.
(Upcoming) Dorothea Lange Words & Pictures: Feb 9–May 9, 2020
Picturing America: Collection Gallery, Floor 5, 520
Four Photographers, Four Places: Collection Gallery, Floor 4, 419
The Vertical City: Collection Gallery, Floor 5, 511
Public Images: Collection Gallery, Floor 2, 201
Abstract Lens: Collection Gallery, Floor 4, 409
Early Photography and Film: Collection Gallery, Floor 5, 502
True Stories: Collection Gallery, Floor 2, 208
Andy Warhol’s Kiss, Blow Job, and Sleep: Collection Gallery, Floor 4, 411
Private Lives Public Spaces: through July 5, 2020
Machines, Mannequins, and Monsters: Collection Gallery, Floor 5, 510
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.
Ellen von Unwerth Devotion! 30 Years of Photographing Women: Dec 14 – Mar 29, 2020
Tawny Chatmon Inheritance: Dec 14 – Mar 22, 2020
Helene Schmitz Thinking Like a Mountain: December 14 – March 15, 2020
Adi Nes Testaments: December 14 – March 1, 2020
Anastasia Taylor Lind Fotografiska For Life X TIME: December 14 – March 8, 2020
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.
2020 Vision: Photographs, 1840s–1860s: Dec 3 – May 10, 2020
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.
The City Within Brooklyn Photographs by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb: Opens Mar 11th, 2020
Collecting New York’s Stories Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious: Opens Jan 22nd, 2020
Top Photography Bookstores
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.
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.
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.
The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion, Curated by Antwaun Sargent: Oct 24 – Jan 18, 2020
Mark McKnight: 2019 Portfolio Prize Winner: Nov 22 – Jan 18, 2020
The 2019 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist: Nov 22 – Jan 18, 2020
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.
Posed Seydou Keita, Dana Lixenberg, Susan Meiselas, Irving Penn: Nov 23 – Jan 18, 2020
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: 32 East 57th Street, 9th floor (Midtown), New York, NY 10022.
Lucas Samaras – Me, Myself, and …: Jan 17 – Feb 22, 2020
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.
Yamamoto Masao – Itteki: Dec 12 – Feb 8, 2020
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.
Matthew Pillsbury: Then and Now: Nov 21 – Dec, 2019
Address: 100 Crosby Street, Suite 305 (SoHo), New York, NY 10011.
Harry Benson – Behind the Scenes: Dec 12 – Jan 25, 2020
Address: 91 Water St (Dumbo), Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Holidaze (Group Exhibition): Dec 17 – Jan 18, 2020
Address: 521 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor (Chelsea), New York, NY 10001.
Kang Hee Kim: Jan 9 – Mar 7, 2020
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.
Maroesjka Lavigne – Lost Lands: Oct 24 – Dec 21, 2019
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.
John Dowell – Cotton: Symbol of the Forgotten: Dec 5 – Jan 25, 2020
Address: 245 10th Avenue (West Chelsea), New York, NY 10011.
La Cucaracha: Jan 10 – Feb 29, 2020
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.
Maroesjka Lavigne – Lost Lands: Oct 24 – Dec 21, 2019
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