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International Center of Photography Museum

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Photograph: Courtesy International Center of Photography (ICP)

Time Out says

You know the saying: “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and at the International Center of Photography Museum is where you should go to immerse yourself in the world visual storytelling. The institution caters to a wide audience—not merely shutterbugs and Instagram-addicts. The center does offer stellar academic programming as well as a library containing back issues of photography magazines and thousands of biographical files in Midtown. But it's only at the downtown museum where you can view sensational exhibitions such as “Public, Private, Secret,” which explores the concept of privacy in today’s society, and how self-identity is now tied to public visibility. 


79 Essex St
New York
Cross street:
between Broome and Delancey Sts
Subway: 6, B, D, F, M to Broadway-Lafayette; F to 2nd Avenue; J, Z to Bowery
$16, disabled, military, seniors, students $12, members, under 18 free
Opening hours:
Monday-Wednesday, Friday-Sunday 11am–7pm; Thu 11am–9pm
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What’s on

William Klein: YES

A massive retrospective of William Klein's work featuring nearly 300 works including photographs, paintings, films, photo books, and other media from his expansive and boundary-pushing six-decade career will be on view at ICP until September 12.  It's the first one of its kind in the U.S. in over a generation—Klein was primarily known as a street or fashion photographer but he was an artist of many mediums. The show will explore his life and career through a kind of timeline showing his development as an artist in wildly inventive photographic studies of New York, Rome, Paris, Moscow, and Tokyo to bold and witty fashion photographs; from cameraless abstract photography to iconic celebrity portraits; from excerpts of documentary films about Muhammad Ali, Eldridge Cleaver, and the Pan-African Festival of Algiers to scripted films about the beauty industry, imperialism, and consumer culture. "This exhibition at ICP is a homecoming of sorts for Klein, who was born in upper Manhattan in 1928 and began his photography career on our city’s streets,” said ICP Director David Little. “He then became a truly international artist, living most of his life in Paris and capturing the unique character of global cities in his renowned photobooks. Klein is a living legend of image-making, and ICP is honored to celebrate a prodigious career that influenced and inspired generations.”

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