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Address: 250 Bowery, New York City, NY 10012-3010
Phone Number: 12128570000
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world's leading...

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world's leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Through our exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, we offer an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture. Since our founding, we have presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level. ICP is a center where photographers and artists, students, and scholars can create and interpret the world of the image.

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New location, different style show for 2016

Since they moved from midtown (near Bryant Park) to The Bowery (diagonally across from the New Museum), their display space has decreased from 17,000 square feet to 11,000 square... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 12, 2016
Bergen County, New Jersey
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Gijon, Spain
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Considering NYC is one of the world capitols for photography, the exhibits here are worthy of middle school students. Very nice space, but some of the most worthless art I've seen. Do not recommend and will not be returning.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't believe anyone would find this interesting enough to pay for. We have visited ICP on quite a few occasions and enjoyed most of the shows. This particular one titled "Public, Private, Secret" was one of the worst exhibits I have seen anywhere. Its images and videos from various social media sites. ICP must be desperate for material.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was a longtime member of ICP, used to take classes and attend exhibits at the old 5th Ave space, 1130 5th/Willard Straight mansion and then at the 1133 6th Ave space. 6th Ave had great gallery space and a wonderful bookstore. I know they lost that space (to Steinway). I was excited when ICP finally opened in the E... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was extremely disappointed with the ICP in its new location and the present exhibit, which was concerned with the topic of surveillance and voyeurism.

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

I expected more. The exhibit space was limited. Surprisingly very little photography. Maybe I am not hip enough to get it. But I think it is a case of the emperor has no clothes.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

Stupidly, a waste of money and time. You pay 14 USD to see photos and videos without any logic. Some photos include nudity so teenagers might not be convenient with it. Just save your time and go elsewhere

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Bergen County, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

Since they moved from midtown (near Bryant Park) to The Bowery (diagonally across from the New Museum), their display space has decreased from 17,000 square feet to 11,000 square feet. The current show has a vast amount of computer-assisted art, as well as a substantial amount of video. I preferred the archaic, prints on paper exhibitions at the old museum.... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

As a photographer I always look forward to visiting ICP when in New York and I've been looking forward to seeing the new facility. Last week I was able to do this. Unfortunately it was a disappointing visit. The new space seems small and cold. The largest and most welcoming space is the lobby and cafe. The amazing bookstore, which... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

I went to the Public, Private, Secret exhibition at the museum. There were a lot more videos than I was interested in viewing, but luckily, there were also a lot of photographs. The photographs were disturbing and interesting and thought provoking. Afterwards, I had to go to the Peter Lik gallery to clear my brain :)

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

The ICP has always been a place for me to refocus my thoughts while checking works from past and current artists. Their new location is even better, as they've introduced a free space upon entry with seating, perfect for discussing works with friends after a walkthrough. The fully stocked cafe is now located at the ground floor right at entry,... More 

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