Best photography galleries in NYC
Founded in 1952, the Aperture Foundation runs this exhibition showcase as part of its longstanding mission to promote photography as a fine-art form. Countless photographers, including the medium’s biggest names, have shown their work here over the decades.
Since its start in 1987, this gallery devoted to 20th Century and contemporary photography, has migrated from the Upper East Side to Midtown, Soho and finally Chelsea, where it has settled into its most expansive home yet.
James Danziger’s namesake gallery has been in business since 1989 and is notable for a smart, elegant exhibition program that has presented photographic works by Abelardo Morell, Richard Misrach and Chuck Close among many, many others. After sojourns in Soho and Chelsea, the gallery moved to its current location on the Lower East Side in 2016.
Founded in 1981 Howard Greenberg Gallery focuses on classic 20th-century photography including works by such giants of the medium as Berenice Abbott, Edward Steichen and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
The International Center of Photography is New York’s preeminent institution devoted exclusively to photography. Founded in 1974, ICP originally opened in the Willard Straight House on Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile. The building’s sale in 1999 precipitated a move to a midtown address on Sixth Avenue. In 2016, the ICP moved yet again to a new home on the Bowery. In addition to exhibition space, the ICP boasts a library housing thousands of biographical and photographic files, and a school (which currently remains at the midtown location until 2018).
Part of Pace Gallery empire, Pace/MacGill, focuses on photography, showing such established names as Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Irving Penn.
Yossi Milo’s impressive roster of international camera talent encompasses emerging artists who are building a following, as well as more established photographers. Look out for striking and innovative work by Tierney Gearon, Philippe Gronon and Pieter Hugo.
While this contemporary art gallery, which opened in 2001, isn't exclusively devoted to photography, photographers—including such stellar names as Lisette Model, André Kertész and Paul Outerbridge—make up a significant portion of its roster.
This swank midtown gallery on Fifth Avenue is a leading showcase for contemporary and modern photography. It has another location in Zürich and exhibits major talents from Sally Mann to Via Muniz.
Opened in 1986, this Chelsea gallery focuses on contemporary photography, but has also exhibited a few artists working in other mediums. Even so, it’s an essential stop for photo lovers.
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