Early photographers had to use giant cameras and musty darkrooms to painstakingly develop each picture by hand before they could upload them to the Internet. Appreciate the wide scope of photography with today's Groupon to the International Center of Photography on the Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street. Choose from the following three options:
- For $6, you get one general admission (up to a $12 value).
- For $37, you get an individual membership ($75 value).
- For $150, you get a FOCUS membership ($300 value).
The International Center of Photography has presented a slew of exhibitions by more than 2,500 photographers and artists in its 35-year history. Visitors are privy to displays that vary by time period, subject matter, and artist. The museum's mission is to help prying eyes absorb and appreciate photography's essential role in contemporary culture while musing over less essential contributions, such as illuminated tires and Bugles. Memberships provide unlimited access to the museum, plus discounts for courses and lectures, invitations to special members-only events, and discounts in the museum store and other institutions. FOCUS memberships cater to young collectors, photographers, and enthusiastic photophiles who are actively engaged in museum activities, with all of the benefits of a standard membership plus many other exclusive advantages.
In addition to their permanent collection of photographs ranging from the 19th century to the ultra-modern present, the International Center of Photography features rotating exhibitions. The Mexican Suitcase will remain on display through May 8, 2011, and features images recovered from negatives of the Spanish Civil War, thought lost since 1939. Whether on a mission of contemplative solitude or using photography as a medium to socialize with surly highwaymen, there are enough images contained within the museum's hallowed halls to satiate any image-based desire.
- The art is great, there is a lot of variety in the photography that they show, and the space is great. – Daniela G., Yelp
- ICP's choices of exhibitions are almost always hits. Interesting combo of popular and historic. The "mid-size" space is beautiful and the museum employees are both helpful and fun. – villager, Citysearch
International Center of Photography
Once every three years, the curators at New York's International Center of Photography set out on a mission to encapsulate the world. They scour every corner of the globe to collect the most interesting video and photography. The end result is an exhibit that reveals the Earth at present—its economic conditions, political instabilities, and social mores. The museum's other gallery spaces surround their visitors in works from the 19th century to modern day, offering windows into every era since Santa invented cameras as a new Christmas toy. These ever-changing exhibits showcase everything from evolving fashions to countries in the midst of full-blown revolution.
Hidden behind theses photographs' imagery, lies the minds of brilliant visual artists. Some of these masters speak at the The Photographers Lecture Series, a staple of the museum's research center since 1974. During these events, distinguished photographers discuss their work and how photography fits into the worlds of art, fashion, and journalism. The ICP's Library delves into these worlds even further with thousands of photobooks, periodicals, and digital files.
ICP's faculty also nurtures emerging artists. Together, they lead more than 400 continuing education courses, exploring areas such as digital photography and video. And for the most serious students, they offer a one-year certificate program and an MFA program.