The Permanent Collection at ICP contains more than 100,000 photographs. Since its opening in 1974, ICP has acquired important historical and contemporary images through a dedicated Acquisitions Committee and through generous donations and bequests from photographers and collectors. The collection spans the history of the photographic medium, from daguerreotypes to gelatin silver and digital chromogenic prints. At present over 40,000 records are online. More will be accessible during the course of 2013.
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Major archives by individual photographers include:
More topical archives include:
Additionally ICP maintains large collections exploring the vernacular tradition in photography: the Barbara Levine Collection of family albums, Daniel Cowin Collection of African American History, and photographically illustrated periodicals such as VU, Regards, Arbeiter Illustriete Zeitung, LIFE Magazine and others.
Other major holdings by noted photographers include:
Among ICP's contemporary holdings are: Mitch Epstein, Hiroh Kikai, Justine Kurland, Liu Zheng, Gillian Laub, Louise Lawler, Vik Muniz, Shirin Neshat, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Collier Schorr, Stephen Shore, Lorna Simpson, Hank Willis Thomas, and Mickalene Thomas.