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As evident in the work on view now in New York, the medium of photography has always been used to document social conditions, trends and crises such as the AIDS epidemic. And always, beauty. Photography exhibitions allow us to travel—both geographically and through time—and give us permission to curiously gaze at others without shame. Take advantage of fascinating glimpses of life through trained eyes at the following galleries, museums and libraries.


Ernest Cole: Photographer

"Ernest Cole: Photographer" features 125 rare black-and-white prints from the archives of Ernest Cole (1940–90). One of South Africa’s first ...

The Dream Continues: Photographs of Martin Luther King Murals by Vergara

Continuing its commitment to recognizing the history of Civil Rights in this country, the New-York Historical Society will exhibit approximately ...

House Museum and Photography

Within this elegant gingerbread cottage is a permanent exhibit of photographs taken by Austen, as well as a resource room ...

Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition

On view are celebrity portraits and fashion photographs taken during Steichen’s tenure as chief photographer for Condé Nast, shots for ...

Robert Dutesco: The Wild Horses of Sable Island

Located in the Atlantic Ocean just south­east of Nova Sco­tia, Sable Island is a cres­cent shaped sand­bar renowned for its ...

Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present and Future

The extraordinary history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard is recounted in this original exhibition that interweaves natural, cultural, social, naval ...