The best photography galleries in NYC

From the Upper East Side to The Lower East Side, we’ve lined up the essential photography galleries in New York City
Photograph: Courtesy Pace/MacGill
By Howard Halle |

New Yorkers and visitors to the city have any number of places to go see photography exhibits, from galleries to museums such as MoMA and the Met (both of which have departments dedicated exclusively to photos). But for fans wanting to take a deep dive into the medium, there are no better places than Gotham's many photography galleries. There you will discover the latest in photographic trends and well as works by the established masters of the lens. You'll find them here in our list of the best photography galleries in NYC.

Best photography galleries in NYC

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Janet Borden

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Though artists who work in other mediums are part of her roster, Janet Borden primarily shows contemporary photographers in her namesake gallery, which opened in Soho in 1988, before moving to the heart of Dumbo in 2016. She represents Robert H. Cumming, Jan Groover, Martin Parr and John Pfahl, among other currents names in the field of photography.

Photograph: EPW STUDIO
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Higher Pictures

icon-location-pin Lenox Hill

This Upper East Side gallery—founded by Daniel Silverstein and Kim Bourus, the former head of cultural projects at Magnum Photos—focuses mainly on the work of contemporary photographers.

Photograph: Courtesy Staley Wise Gallery
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Staley Wise

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Opened in 1981, Staley Wise specializes in exhibiting the work of fashion photography masters, including Richard Avedon, David LaChapelle and Herb Ritts among others.

Photograph: Jen Rodewald
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Aperture Gallery

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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.

Photograph: Susan Sermoneta
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Bonni Benrubi Gallery

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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.

Photograph: Courtesy Danziger Gallery
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Danziger Gallery

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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.

Photograph: Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery
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Howard Greenberg Gallery

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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.

Photograph: Courtesy International Center of Photography
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International Center of Photography School

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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).

Photograph: Courtesy Pace/MacGill
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Part of Pace Gallery empire, Pace/MacGill, focuses on photography, showing such established names as Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Irving Penn.

Photograph: Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery
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Yossi Milo Gallery

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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.

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