Among artistic mediums, photography is a relatively recent arrival. Though invented in the mid-19th century, it wasn’t elevated to an art form until the 20th-century. Since then, its major practitioners have seen their works enter the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other major NYC institutions. Just as important are the many individual galleries devoted to photography, which range all over the city from Chelsea and Midtown to the Upper and Lower East Side. Whether you have a taste for the contemporary or the classic, these showcases for camera art have something for everyone. We’ve selected the ten best among NYC photography galleries to put on your gallery-going list.
Best photography galleries in NYC
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.
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).