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The Permanent Collection at ICP contains more than 130,000 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 58,500 records are online. More will be accessible during the course of 2015. You can also view ICP collection works on the main website.

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Major archives by individual photographers include:

  • Roman Vishniac (additionally, there is a new website dedicated to Roman Vishniac
  • 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:

      • W. Eugene Smith (original photographs and research documents donated by Jim Hughes)
      • 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.


        • ICP collection blog: Fans in a Flash Bulb.