Since its inception, photography has wowed people all over the world. From photojournalism to high art and fashion photography, it’s a staple in artistic and self-expression. Janna Yusuf, the protagonist in Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali, is a huge fan of photography. While her favorite subject might be a bit unusual (foreheads), she does have a general appreciation for visuals and photography in general. And who can blame her? Photography is amazing! For all you current and potential shutterbugs out there, I’ve put together a list of some of the best places to check out photography around the country! Have you visited any of these? I’m jealous! Tell me about your experience in the comments!
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco CA
This independent art gallery was founded by Jeffrey Fraenkel in 1979. Focusing on photography and how it relates to other art mediums, the Fraenkel is one of the most famous galleries in the world. A second location opened in 2016 under the name FraenkelLab.
Connersmith, Washington DC
Founded in 1999, the Connersmith is an art gallery specializing in post-war and contemporary art. Though not solely focused on photography, it has been the location for several fantastic photography exhibitions. The gallery is currently under renovation but keep an eye out for its new exhibitions starting in August of this year!
Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta GA
Founded by Jane Jackson as a gallery for 20th century and contemporary photography, this gallery quickly became a strong voice in the south and the international art market. It routinely works with private collections and international art fairs, championing contemporary work while still exhibiting a great blend of 20th century and vintage work.
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago IL
As the leading photography museum in the Midwest, the Museum of Contemporary Photography is a powerful voice in the local, national, and international stage. The MoCP fights to promote a greater understanding of the art form and the political, cultural, and political implications of it in today’s society. This museum is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone else who has interest in visual media, or would simple like to spend the day viewing art.
The Light Factory, Charlotte NC
What started out as a group of photographers meeting once a week has grown to become one of the best photography galleries in the nation. Seeking to empower the community through photography education and exhibition, the Light Factory provides classes at all levels for anyone who would like to learn the art, and partners with dozens of local outreach organizations. Other than community engagement, The Light Factory exhibits contemporary photography, and is a true jewel in the crown of the Queen city.
The International Center of Photography, New York City, NY
No list of art locales would be complete without an NYC location, and this is one of the finest in the world. Founded in 1974 to preserve the legacy of “concerned photography”, the ICP is a wonderful repository of socially and politically minded photography. To date, over 700 exhibitions have been offered here, as well as classes for every expertise level. In 2015, a new gallery and research area was opened in New Jersey, as the ICP continues to expand its archives and resources for photography enthusiasts and neophytes alike.
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa FL
One of the newest galleries in our lists, this museum started in 2001, providing under-served children in the Tampa area with community programs such as the free Children’s Literacy through Photography Program. In 2006, the gallery relocated to downtown Tampa, and is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary photography and continuing its history of community outreach.
Do you have any favorite photography places we may have missed? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to check out Boy, available as an extended excerpt until July 17th!