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The best photography galleries in NYC

From Fifth Avenue to The Bowery, we’ve lined up the ten essential photography galleries in New York City

Photograph: Susan Sermoneta

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

1

Aperture Gallery

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.

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Chelsea
2

Bonni Benrubi Gallery

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.

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Chelsea
3

Danziger Gallery

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.

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Lower East Side
4

Howard Greenberg Gallery

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.

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Midtown East
5

International Center of Photography School

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).

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Midtown West
6

Pace/MacGill

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

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Midtown East
7

Yossi Milo Gallery

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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Chelsea
8

Bruce Silverstein Gallery

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.

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Chelsea
9

Edwynn Houk Gallery

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.

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Midtown East
10

Julie Saul Gallery

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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Chelsea

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alexandre a
alexandre a

In Edwin Houk Gallery #9, the artist's name is VIC MUNIZ, not VIA.


Joann M
Joann M

These are wonderful galleries. I am so happy to be part of and see Salmagundi Club 47th 5th ave. get behind photography as a form of fine art. Joann and Kenneth Neal invite you to see their 2015 Annual National Juried Photography and Graphic exhibit Wed. 1-6, Thurs closed for filming, and Friday 1-6 (Private closing reception Friday 6-8)

Studio M
Studio M

Adorei o site!  Também sou fotografa e amo fotografia artística. http://www.studiomaziero.com.br  

Marc C
Marc C

Hi everyone I am a emerging aabstract photographic artist please follow me on Twitter as I post my work there @marc_crewe I have over 300 works and growing

Sadik A
Sadik A

I am New York based fine art photographer. I had couple exhibition for charity. Now I would like to do for my own photographs. My photographs can be found at www.sadikaydinphotography.com. Any suggestion and advises please welcome. Thanks!!!

fabio
fabio

Hi, I'm photographer from Italy. I will like to organize exibithion or somewere to rent the space for a month.. Waiting your news fà

Philippe BEASSE
Philippe BEASSE

A very interesting blog about New York and photography. I am a free lance French photographer, found of New York and I am always looking for places to organize exhibitions, it will be so nice to find such a place in NYC to show my work about the City... You can see my work on www.photographies-philippebeasse.com Thank a lot for all informations you tell. Best

Joe
Joe

Hi guys, my name’s Joe and I have a serious passion for photography. I'm constantly looking to grow and improve. I started posting some of my original photography to my blog in hopes to get some constructive feedback. I also share HUNDREDS of photographs daily from all round the world. My blog is http://www.onlyjoelee.com and you can find my originals under "my photography" Thank you guys so much :)

Ely Dennis
Ely Dennis

Wonderful source of information for photographers and for clients interested in collecting fine art works. Please keep me informed of all new and upcoming photo exhibits.

Sheila W
Sheila W

Love these galleries! Having my own show (not in one of these but i wish).

In Cars photos by Sheila Welch

Opening Reception April 1st 6-9pm

177 Prince Street, SoHo

(between Thompson & Sullivan)

2nd Floor

EXHIBIT HOURS

Friday, 1 April 6–9 p.m.

Saturday, 2 April 1–8 p.m.