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International Center of Photography Museum

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Address: 250 Bowery, New York City, NY 10012-3010
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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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Hard to find, but got there eventually

So we set out with the trusty guide book that sent us up near the MoMa which is totally the wrong direction so we headed for the school who gave us the actual address. It's only... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 22, 2017
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Armonk
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is not truly a photography exhibit in the artistic sense more like a political display and also there's no standing exhibition so things change regularly. Best to check what your going to see before you pay to go in.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2017 via mobile

So we set out with the trusty guide book that sent us up near the MoMa which is totally the wrong direction so we headed for the school who gave us the actual address. It's only two floors but very thought-provoking stuff. The exhibition we went to was more moving image than stills but still makes you really think. It... More 

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Lima, Peru
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

We went with three teenagers, some of which were not exited to go... but the exhibit was engaging for them. They even thanked us for taking them there, haha. We were there for about less than two hours. The exhibit does not have only photographs but also videos. There was a small cafe with very good looking quiches, nutella brownies... More 

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State College, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

This museum is hard to rate since it does not appear to have a permanent exhibition. Fact is, this is not a museum of photography per se. A relatively small space, which is used for temporary exhibitions. The value of the current privacy, public, something or rather exhibit is a matter of taste. I did find it pretentious and not... More 

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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

this is one of my favorite museums. they were on 6th ave, but they lost the lease, so they moved to the Bowery. now that neighborhood is in a renaissance (which in some ways is unfortunate -- can never be the same once a Whole Foods moves in!). but they have had cutting-edge and provocative exhibits, as is the case... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

​ It's not a place you go to stare at and be dazzled by visually-pleasing, well-crafted photos, although some of them can be described that way. The photo installations (and some videos) offer insights on popular culture and socio-political issues, past and present. I found myself enjoying the commentary as much as the photos. Pay-as-you-wish every Thursday evening.

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Boston, MA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

We have enjoyed wonderful exhibits at the former location but this visit to the new museum was depressing. In addition to entering through the food area, the show "Public, Private, Secret" was in a much smaller display area than was used at the former site. We did not enjoy this somewhat chaotic show but do understand that the museum wanted... More 

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Lisboa, Portugal
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016 via mobile

There's nothing interesting to see here but morden rubish and pretensious art. I paid 14 usd expecting to see something original and unique, but there was nothing like that at this place. I'm used to visit the MEP (Maison Européenne de la Photographie), in Paris, twice a year, and that's allways a really nice place to go, with nice exibitions.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

This museum did not click with us. Very modern and largely video based. There were about 6 artists featured - only one got our interest. Tickets are $14.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

I am all for pushing the envelop in photography, but the current exhibit, "Public, Private, Secret," just doesn't work. It's cutting edge in terms of using social media imagery to reflect contemporary changes in the boundaries of public and private, but those images lack any aesthetic value. I was hoping that the museum was more than just the current exhibit... More 

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