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.

    Private: Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage

    New-York Historical Society


    Fri, Nov 21, 2014 - Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage charts a new direction for one of America’s best-known living photographers. Unlike her staged and carefully lit portraits made on assignment for magazines and advertising clients, the photographs in this exhibition were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject.

    Private: Sebastião Salgado: Genesis

    International Center of Photography


    Fri, Sep 19, 2014 - Thu, Jan 01, 2015

    Genesis is the third long-term series on global issues by world-renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado (born Brazil, 1944), following Workers (1993) and Migrations (2000). The result of an eight-year worldwide survey, the exhibition draws together more than 200 spectacular black-and-white photographs of wildlife, landscapes, seascapes, and indigenous peoples—raising public awareness about the pressing issues of environment and climate change. ICP is proud to be the first U.S. venue of this momentous exhibition, which is curated by Lélia Wanick Salgado.

    Private: Ernest Cole: Photographer

    Grey Art Gallery‚ New York University


    Wed, Sep 03, 2014 - Sat, Dec 06, 2014

    "Ernest Cole: Photographer" features 125 rare black-and-white prints from the archives of Ernest Cole (1940–90). One of South Africa’s first black photojournalists, Cole compassionately but unflinchingly portrayed the lives of black people as they negotiated apartheid’s racist laws and oppression. While many of his photographs expose segregation, destitution, and violence, others depict intimate moments of children at play, mothers smiling, couples dancing, and friends joking. Through Dec. 6.

    Featured Fan Art of the Month: Paula Layton

    The NYC-ARTS community is full of talent and we want to share it. Every Friday we showcase one fan's artwork on Facebook and each month our fans vote for their favorite. April's featured artist is Paula Layton, a street photographer whose black-and-white snapshots tell a narrative of New York City.

    Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark

    Alice Austen House Museum

    Staten Island

    Sat, Mar 14, 2015 - Thu, Dec 31, 2015

    This exhibition brings to light the history of the museum’s National and New York City Landmark building, tracing its path from one-room Dutch farmhouse in the 1690s, to Victorian Gothic cottage and home to early American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952), to protected landmark, to public museum. Presented upon the museum’s 30th anniversary and as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law, this exhibition explores the Alice Auste

    Robert Dutesco: The Wild Horses of Sable Island

    Dutesco Art Gallery



    Located in the Atlantic Ocean just south­east of Nova Sco­tia, Sable Island is a cres­cent shaped sand­bar renowned for its pop­u­la­tion of wild horses. Romanian-born Dutesco made the first of many jour­neys in 1994 cul­mi­nat­ing in a vast series of pho­tographs and a 16mm black-and-white short film called "Sable Horses."