International Center of Photography

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

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. Through its exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the role that photographs, videos, and new media play in our society. To date, it has presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes at every level.

ICP brings together photographers, artists, students, and scholars to create and interpret the realm of the image. Here, members of this unique community are encouraged to explore photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and as catalysts for wide-reaching social change.


Authored Articles
I Can Make You Feel Good
Tyler Mitchell
This exhibition comes at a critical time in our culture when so many are challenging pre-existing representations and taking...
Southern Rites / Gillian Laub
Various engagements / 2020
This small town symbolized the archetype of pastoral American life. Yet this idyllic place was also held hostage by...
Capa in Color
Sep 17, 2019 – Jan 26, 2020
Capa regularly used color film from the '40s until his death in 1954. Some of these photographs were published...
Magnum Manifesto
70 years of Magnum Photos
This landmark exhibition celebrates the 70th anniversary of Magnum Photos, founded by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour and...
I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating
Alec Soth
This exhibition comprised of large scale portraits and interiors focuses on Soth’s depiction of the individual, posing questions about...
A Matter of Black Lives
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Following the murder of George Floyd by police officers, demonstrations across the U.S. and beyond ignite against racism and...
International Women’s Day
March 8, 2020
Often our better halves, and with whom we could not be without, we renew our commitment to engage. Once...
Photo London 2019
May 16–19, 2019 / Somerset House
Photo London is a place to encounter the most innovative emerging artists and new works by established masters, comprised...
Look back on our 1st year
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Here we are. We just rounded out our first year with well over a quarter-million visits. A very interesting...
Look back on 2017
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So here we are, the last day of the year, 2017. We are wrapping up our first 6 months,...
Mountain Ranch by Michael Crouser
University of Texas Press
This powerful photo essay traces the last vestiges of a tradition that exerts a universal fascination and mystique, the...