There is now a wealth of photographic galleries throughout the world. We’ve started with a few examples below. We can’t cover the whole world, so we need your help!
If you’ve been to an exhibition recently that you enjoyed, or you know of one in a town or city near you, please do let us know and we’ll publish the details on here and give you a credit. Please let us know the name of the gallery and the exhibition, the city, your comments, and your name (if you would like us to publish your name along with your contribution)
The Photographers Gallery
This great establishment has been going strong since 1971 – I was even at the opening ceremony. They always have interesting stuff going on, and they’re right in the heart of London’s Soho.
Originally founded as the Photo Co-op in 1979 in Wandsworth, South London, Photofusion has metamorphosed from a small collective of documentary photographers to becoming London’s largest independent photography resource centre, moving to new premises in the vibrant heart of Brixton in 1991 and receiving a National Lottery Award in 1995 for further expansion of premises.
The continually expanding membership scheme, which has supported many award-winning photographers, now hosts regular, members-only events including practical demonstrations, critical feedback sessions, artist talks and discussions on establishing a photographic practice.
Nestled in Piccadilly’s quiet backstreets, Huxley-Parlour Gallery focusses on photographers who have played a significant role in shaping the field of photography. The gallery represents many influential photographers, with exhibitions by leading artists including Cecil Beaton, Elliott Erwitt, Joel Meyerowitz, Steve McCurry, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Vivian Maier.
Michael Hoppen Gallery
The Michael Hoppen Gallery opened in 1992 and is founded on a passion for photography. As a gallery we are renowned for nurturing the careers of new and interesting artists and exhibiting them alongside acknowledged nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century photographic masters. Spaced over three floors in the heart of Chelsea, London, we provide both a white-wall arena for our contemporary artists and a more intimate, book and wood lined context for the smaller and more eclectic works we exhibit.
The Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum’s new photography centre presents a wide array of prints and archival material charting the cultural development of photography.
The V&A began acquiring photographs in 1852, and its collection is now one of the largest and most important in the world.
This is my favourite place in England, and I could spend weeks in there and only come out to sleep.
National Museum Cardiff
26 October 2019-4 May 2020
The National’s Photography Season presents work by four of the most influential artists/photographers in the history of the medium: August Sander, Bernd and Hilla Becher and Martin Parr. I mentioned in the book section that Sander is probably my favourite photographer ever, and I may well make the trip to Cardiff even though I’ve been to a major exhibition of his work about 20 years ago.
I’m not familiar with the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher. For over 50 years the Becher’s collaborated on a project to document industrial structures across Europe and the USA.
Martin Parr is one of the most influential and prolific photographers working today. He has always been drawn to Wales, having lived just over the border in nearby Bristol for thirty years. Throughout that time, he has undertaken several editorial and cultural commissions, covering subjects from working men’s clubs to coal mining.
New York, NY
Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online.
Created in 1952 by photographers and writers as “common ground for the advancement of photography,” Aperture today is a multi-platform publisher and center for the photo community.
Soho Photo Gallery
Soho Photo Gallery is an artist-run gallery that nurtures high quality, diverse fine-art photography, while creating an environment that is uniquely welcoming to visitors and member photographers.
The gallery was founded in 1971 by a group of New York Times photographers who desired a venue for photography as fine-art. Originally located on Prince St. in Soho, since 1980, the gallery has been at our current location on White St. in Tribeca.
Soho Photo exhibits a diverse range of fine-art photography each month, with individual member shows, gallery-wide themed exhibits, winners of national competitions and prestigious guest exhibitions.
Howard Greenberg Gallery
Since its inception over thirty years ago, Howard Greenberg Gallery has built a vast and ever-changing collection of some of the most important photographs in the medium. The Gallery’s collection acts as a living history of photography, offering genres and styles from Pictorialism to Modernism, in addition to contemporary photography and images conceived for industry, advertising, and fashion. Maintaining diverse and extensive holdings of photographic prints, the gallery includes such masters as Eugène Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Davidson, André Kertész, William Klein, Gordon Parks, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Josef Sudek, and Edward Weston.
Until November 16 2019, they are running an exhibition of the renowned British photgrapher Sir Don McCullin, who is widely recognized as one of the world’s greatest photojournalists. Following his recent retrospective at Tate Britain, which received more than 170,000 visitors, forty photographs from McCullin’s six-decade career will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from September 11 through November 16, 2019.
L. Parker Stephenson Gallery
L. Parker Stephenson opened her gallery in 2009 on Madison Avenue between 65th-66th streets. Fifteen years prior to that, Parker had left a career in banking to pursue her passion for photography. After experiences in the auction world and at the International Center of Photography (ICP) working for the Director, Willis “Buzz” Hartshorn, she went on to join photography dealer Howard Greenberg, serving as Director of Gallery 292.
Between the time in SoHo (2000-2003) and Fuller Building (2003-2006), she curated close to 30 exhibitions and managed dozens of artists and estates represented by these galleries. Since setting off on her own, Parker has offered clients a focused and personal experience. She enjoys sharing and furthering her passion, curiosity and appreciation for photography with her clients and others visiting the Gallery for the first time. Her reputation is built on connoisseurship, vision, integrity, and trust.
International Center of Photography
As a leading institution devoted to all forms of the reproduced image, the International Center of Photography’s collection of works includes daguerreotypes, gelatin silver and digital chromogenic prints, and a host of American and European documentary photography from 1930 to 1960. It is home to important works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Robert Frank, Andre Kertesz, Lisette Model, James VanDerZee, and Garry Winogrand, and many others.
Since its founding in 1990, the Danziger Gallery has established itself as one of the leading photography venues in the world, known for the originality and diversity of its programming, its representation of established photographers, and the influence of its new discoveries.
The gallery was the first to show Susan Derges’ “camera-less” photographs; Robert Franks from the Penn Collection; and the experimental work of artists such as Liz Nielsen and Yuji Obata.
The Gallery is now permanently located at 980 Madison Ave. Its programming pulls from the worlds of art, new media, and print to create an up to date vision of photography’s place in the world.
Yossi Milo Gallery
The Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting the work of international contemporary artists specializing in photography, video and works on paper. Established in 2000, the gallery is known for presenting premiere New York exhibitions by emerging and established artists such as Pieter Hugo, Simen Johan, Sze Tsung Leong, Loretta Lux, Lise Sarfati, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Alec Soth, Kohei Yoshiyuki and Liu Zheng. The gallery has co-published books by Sze Tsung Leong, Alessandra Sanguinetti, and Kohei Yoshiyuki.
Edwynn Houk Gallery
Edwynn Houk Gallery was founded in 1977. Since its inception, the gallery has specialized in vintage photographs from 1917-1939 by the leading figures of the Modernist movement. The gallery has mounted more than 200 exhibitions and published more than a dozen monographs.
Beginning with exclusive representation of Sally Mann in 1989, Edwynn Houk Gallery has acted as the sole agent for a select group of leading contemporary photographers, including Robert Polidori, Lalla Essaydi, Annie Leibovitz and Abelardo Morell.
Mr. Houk has served on the Board of Directors for ADAA, Paris Photo, and AIPAD and the Selection Committees for Art Basel and Paris Photo.
Established in 1981 in Soho, the Staley-Wise Gallery opened with an exhibition of Horst photographs and continues to show the work of masters of fashion photography. Artists include Lillian Bassman, Bert Stern, Ellen von Unwerth, David LaChapelle, Patrick Demarchelier, Horst, Harry Benson, Deborah Turbeville, Herb Ritts, Slim Aarons, Arthur Elgort, Kurt Markus, Michael Dweck, Phil Stern and Louise Dahl-Wolfe, among others. The collection also includes Hollywood portraiture, landscape, still life and nudes.
Yancey Richardson Gallery
Founded in 1995, Yancey Richardson is one of the pre-eminent galleries of photo-based art. The gallery regularly exhibits the work of established masters, including August Sander, Ed Ruscha, William Eggleston, and Robert Mapplethorpe.
Center for Photographic Art
The Center for Photographic Art is the second oldest members’ photography gallery organization in the USA. Established in 1967, the Center was launched by iconic artists Ansel Adams, Cole Weston, and Wynn Bullock. Today, CPA continues to serve as a valuable asset to its members, the community, and the greater world of the photographic arts.
CPA’s gallery, which is free to the public, features the finest works of contemporary photography. The CPA Lecture Series brings artists, curators, educators, and other leaders in the field of photography to our venue at the Sunset Center for in depth examinations into a variety of relevant topics. Special monthly events are planned for CPA members only and include critiques, film viewing, book reviews, and print exchanges to name but a few.
CPA’s mission involves increasing understanding and respect of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture. CPA strives to address artistic development, build well-informed audiences, stimulate dialogue, and promote inquiry about photography and related media through education, exhibitions, publications, lectures, fellowship programs, and community collaboration.
Jeu de Paume
Overlooking the Place de la Concorde from the Tuileries Gardens, the imposing Second Empire-style building is in perfect symmetry with the adjacent Musée de l’Orangerie.
Originally designed in the 19th century as indoor courts for a game that was a precursor to tennis, the Jeu de Paume then housed a number of impressionist paintings after the Second World War. But in the 1990s this national gallery took a 180-degree turn devoting itself solely to the display of photography in all its forms, both still images and video, from the 19th century to the present day, from Martin Parr to Richard Avedon or Edward Steichen.
Free guided tours (on presentation of the entrance ticket to the exhibitions) are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12.30pm.
Created by the association Les Amis de Magnum Photos and its president, the photographer Raymond Depardon, this space exhibits the documentary image in all its forms: photo, video and new media, examining the use of the image in the digital age. It also contains a specialised photography bookshop and the colourful and convivial Le Bal Café.
The building, opened in 2010, has an unusual history. Where exhibitions of up-and-coming photographers and videographers take place today was, in the 1920s, the scene of diversions of a different kind: Chez Isis was a guinguette-dancehall but also a “hôtel d’amour” for rich clients looking to mix with the riffraff. In memory of this, the attractive cultural space was named Le Bal.
Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
Created by Henri Cartier-Bresson, his wife Martine Franck and their daughter Mélanie, the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation opened its doors in 2003. It holds the co-founder of Magnum Photos and his wife’s rare and precious archives. Moving selections from it are regularly curated in exhibitions, along with works by contemporary photographers.
Henri Cartier-Bresson left a lasting mark on world photographic history. Known for the graphic precision of his compositions he never had to crop, the French artist didn’t miss a single “decisive moment” of his time. His sharp eye focused on the battle of the Spanish Republicans, the victory of the Chinese communists, the last moments of WWII, Gandhi’s movement for peace in India…the list goes on. A pioneer of photojournalism, he also excelled in photographing art. The prolific nature of his work, spanning nearly 70 years, is largely to thank for the creation of such an extraordinarily vast collection of historic images, amounting to nothing short of photographic perfection.
Maison de la Photographie Robert Doisneau
The Maison de la Photographie Robert Doisneau is dedicated to temporary exhibitions that pay homage to the spirit of the legendary photographer, best known for his iconic “Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville.” The exhibitions are varied, showcasing major international names as well as aspiring local photographers. Set in Gentilly, the photographer’s birthplace, the museum is easily reachable from Paris on the RER B.
Their website is currently off-line
Maison Européenne de la Photographie
The Maison Européenne de la Photographie (or MEP), located in the historic heart of Paris is a major centre for contemporary photographic art which opened in February 1996.
It houses an exhibition center, a large library, an auditorium, and a video viewing facility with a wide selection of films. The visitor can also enjoy the Café sited under the 18th century vaults and a specialized bookstore. The MEP is designed to make the three fundamental photographic media (exhibition prints, the printed page, and film) easily accessible to all. It offers numerous commented visits, conferences and films cycles in relation with the exhibitions. The Hotel houses a photographic restoration and conservation workshop too (Atelier de Restauration et de Conservation des Photographies de la Ville de Paris, or ARCP). Since 1983 it has worked to preserve the photographic patrimony of the libraries, the archives and the museums of the Paris municipality, and it offers its services to other French or foreign institutions too.
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