Our permanent collection supports research across a broad range of disciplines.
Multiple histories of photography can be explored within ICP’s Collections. We hold major archives from photographers including Robert Capa, Roman Vishniac, W. Eugene Smith, Gerda Taro, and Susan Meiselas, among others. You can also explore a unique vision of New York City in the Weegee archive. And a perspective on fashion and portraiture in the 1980s–1990s can be found in the David Seidner archive.
ICP also has a rich collection of vernacular photography, which can be thought of as the first social media. This includes 19th century portraits that could be exchanged among friends and family, early 20th century family albums, and other media of pictorial and social exchange. In addition to contemporary and vintage prints, the Collections also have nationally significant holdings in photographically illustrated magazines from the early- to mid-20th century.