International Center of Photography (ICP)

International Center of Photography
79 Essex Street New York, NY 10002
International Center of Photography (ICP)


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The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture.

International Center of Photography (ICP)


Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to preserve the legacy of “concerned photography”—the creation of socially and politically minded images that have the potential to educate and change the world—and the center’s mission endures today, even as the photographic medium and imagemaking practices have evolved.

To date, ICP has presented more than 700 solo and group exhibitions that have featured the work of some 3,000 photographers and other artists. It has offered thousands of classes and workshops that have enriched tens of thousands of students. The center also actively collects; ICP’s holdings now include more than 200,000 original prints, negatives, and objects that span the history of photography.

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What are the exhibitions at International Center of Photography?

A list of current and future (as well as past) exhibitions is available on the official website.

ICP hosts six to 10 exhibitions annually. These widely acclaimed, diverse shows cover the entire spectrum of the medium—from early daguerreotypes, documentary images, and contemporary fashion photography to multimedia installations that employ both traditional and digital techniques—and consistently attract significant recognition in the field. ICP also has a robust traveling exhibitions program, which ensures that select presentations can reach millions of additional viewers around the world.

Move to Essex Crossing

In January 2020, ICP will open its new integrated home on the Lower East Side, becoming the cultural anchor of Essex Crossing. Moving to Essex is the culmination of 20 years of planning and will initiate an exciting new era for ICP, while reinforcing its ties to the LES arts community. In addition, the neighborhood’s history as a center of immigration and documentary and creative work-making align with ICP’s place as a center for the community to explore photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and catalysts for social change.

Where is ICP located?

There are several locations, please check the official website for the addresses, directions and hours.