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Recent Acquisitions

  • Zoe Strauss, Daddy Tattoo, Philadelphia, 2004. © Zoe Strauss. Purchase, with funds provided by the ICP Acquisitions Committee, 2013.
  • Berenice Abbott, House, Belfast, along Route 1, 1954. © Berenice Abbott. Gift of Michael Clinton, 2013.

Roman Vishniac Archive

  • Roman Vishniac, Displaced Person's Camp, Germany, 1947
  • Roman Vishniac, Villagers in the Carpathian Mountains, ca. 1935–38

The Mexican Suitcase

  • Vintage Robert Capa negative envelopes
  • Robert Capa, [Republican Soldiers storming forwards in jumps, Rio Segre, Aragon front, near Fraga, Spain],
    November 7, 1938
  • Chim (David Seymour), [Two Republican soldiers carrying a crucifix, Madrid], October–November 1936. © Estate of David Seymour / Magnum. International Center of Photography

The Photography Collection at the International Center of Photography contains over 100,000 items, including vintage photographs in a variety of media, as well as negatives, contact sheets, slides, and cased images.

The collection spans the history of the photographic medium, from daguerreotypes to gelatin silver and digital chromogenic prints, but is strongest in its holdings of American and European documentary photography from about 1930 through the 1960s. Among the highlights are comprehensive archives of the works of Robert Capa, Cornell Capa, Gerda Taro, Chim (David Seymour), Roman Vishniac, and Weegee (Arthur Fellig), as well as works by members of the Photo League and photographers of the Farm Security Administration. Also included are substantial holdings of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Robert Frank, Andre Kertesz, Lisette Model, Gordon Parks, Aaron Siskind, James VanDerZee, and Garry Winogrand. Another component of the collection is a significant group of photographically illustrated magazines such as Vu, Regards, Picture PostBerliner Illustrirte Zeitung, Arbeiter Illustrierte Zeitung, and Life. The collection also includes a distinctive survey of vernacular photography, including photographic albums, commercial photography, and real photo postcards. Recent acquisitions include key works by Eugéne Atget, Bill Brandt, Marco Breuer, Harry Callahan, Chim (David Seymour), Nan Goldin, André Kertész, Gustav Klutsis, Vik Muniz, Suzanne Opton, Terry Richardson, Peter Sekaer, Christer Strömholm, Maurice Tabard, and Pinar Yolacan.

Search the Collection: eMuseum.icp.org

eMuseum is a searchable database of ICP's Photography Collection. Each record includes information about the photographer, title, date, medium, as well as an image, when available. Because of the large number of works in the collection, not all are currently included in eMuseum. But new items are continually added to the online collection, and records are constantly updated with additional research and texts. In addition to searching eMuseum, you can also create a free account and manage your favorite images in a light box; this is a great tool for researchers.

ICP's web presentation of the collection is supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a Federal Agency.

Conducting Research at ICP

The Print Study Room is open to qualified researchers for the consultation of materials from ICP's Photography Collection. Please review the online holdings at eMuseum.icp.org in advance of making an appointment. Given that we can only accommodate four researchers at any one time, it is very difficult to host classes. Research appointments may be made by contacting the Collections Assistant via fax at 212.768.4688 or collections@icp.org. Please provide your name, address, a detailed description of the research topic and works you would like to see, phone contact number, and date and time requested. ICP staff will respond to help ensure that our holdings can meet your research needs. Please allow at least one week's notice for scheduling. No appointment is set until confirmed by the Collections Assistant.

Major Holdings

Major Holdings

ICP's largest photographic archives.

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Rights & Reproductions

ICP owns the copyright to many images in its collection, including the life work of Weegee and David Seidner. ICP also manages reproduction requests for Roman Vishniac's life work. If you would like to reproduce an image, please send collections@icp.org a detailed description of the project, including author, title, and publisher; content; description of how it will be used; digital file or book reference in which the image appears; and whether you require a scan. For work by Robert or Cornell Capa, contact Magnum Photos.

Support the Collection

ICP accepts gifts of photography and photography-related items in keeping with its mission and high standards. Gifts that become part of the Collection are made available for research to scholars and students. All donated materials must be approved by the Director before they can be accepted.

For more information, contact collections@icp.org.