International Center of Photography (Museum)
The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture.
Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to preserve the legacy of “concerned photography”—the creation of socially and politically minded images that have the potential to educate and change the world—and the center’s mission endures today, even as the photographic medium and imagemaking practices have evolved. Through its exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the role that photographs, videos, and new media play in our society. To date, it has presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes at every level.
ICP brings together photographers, artists, students, and scholars to create and interpret the realm of the image. Here, members of this unique community are encouraged to explore photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and as catalysts for wide-reaching social change.
ICP was founded by Cornell Capa in 1974 as an institution to keep the legacy of “Concerned Photography” alive. After the untimely deaths of his brother Robert Capa and colleagues Werner Bischof, Chim (David Seymour), and Dan Weiner in the 1950s, Capa saw the need to keep their humanitarian documentary work in the public eye. In 1966, he founded the International Fund for Concerned Photography. By 1974, the Fund needed a home, and the International Center of Photography was created. Since its founding, ICP has presented over 700 exhibitions, bringing the work of more than 3,000 photographers and other artists to the public in one-person and group exhibitions and provided various classes and workshops for students.