Photo Museums: Florida  

Boca Raton
501 Plaza Real
Boca Raton, Florida - FL33432
Numbering more than 1500 images, the Museum's photography collections represent a veritable textbook of 19th-and-20th-century works spanning the entire history of the medium. From early processes to large contemporary works, the collection demonstrates the range of photographic media from documentary to conceptual. Rotating exhibitions are curated to provide installations that introduce aspects of the history of photography, such as anonymous daguerreotypes, delicate albumen prints, antiquated glass lanternslides, glorious silver prints by important 20th-century photographers and contemporary color-saturated prints.
The Museum's photography collections break down into six basic categories:

GENERAL HISTORY with works by William Henry Fox Talbot; Platt Babbitt; and Freres Bisson. This category also includes: daguerreotypes, albumen print portfolios an historical works key to setting a framework for the century to come;

SOCIAL AND DOCUMENTARY images by New Deal FSA and WPA photographers Marion Post Wolcott and Dorothea Lange; child labor and immigrant worker images by Lewis Hine; Berenice Abbott's New York; Bill Brandt's London; and the Paris of Brassaï and Robert Doisneau;

MODERNISTS BETWEEN THE WARS such as Man Ray, Paul Strand, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, and experimental Edward Steichen;

CONTEMPORARY PLURALIST DIRECTIONS with works by Robert Frank, Helmut Newton, Lee Friedlander, Mary Ellen Mark, Garry Winogrand, William Christenberry, Jerry Uelsmann, Patrick Nagatani and Gregory Crewdson.

The collection became truly international in scope between 1987 and 1992 with focused Museum acquisitions and purchases of more than 200 photographs to infill areas within the historical narrative. Works by key photographers such as André Kertész, long acknowledged as the father of modern photography, were acquired at this time. Additionally, the collection encompasses representative examples by significant photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastião Salgado, Arnold Newman, Andreas Feininger, Walker Evans, John Waters, Graciela Iturbide, Gordon Parks, Robert Frank, Ralph Gibson, Les Krims, and Robert Fichter. Amplifying the Museum's photography holdings, and of particular interest to numerous visitor constituencies, is the Prigozy Collection from the International Center of Photography, New York. This collection is comprised of more than 250 cameras and photographic equipment which span the history of the camera from the nineteenth-century to present day. The Prigozy Collection holds many rare and precious objects such as Japanese and German sub-miniatures, British plate cameras, Kodak and Kinak art deco-designed cameras, and the earliest 35 mm Leica cameras, in addition to the first movie cameras and equipment, like the 16 mm, Keystone Model B.
 
Daytona Beach
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd
Daytona Beach, Florida - FL32114
The Southeast Museum of Photography (SMP) is an independent academic and public-service unit of Daytona State College. The museum opened in 1992 and is one of 13 facilities in the US dedicated exclusively to photography, and one of only a handful of such institutions nationally, that share a scope, reach and depth of collection and activities in this specific field. It is Florida's most comprehensive museum of photography and the largest in the southeast.
In a typical year there are six exhibition seasons presenting solo, survey, vintage, thematic and various forms of retrospective exhibitions numbering about twenty. In recent years there has been a considerable increase in the number of exhibitions and programs directly presenting works significant to Florida and/or produced by Florida artists. The museum has also directed more of its curatorial efforts into generating, researching and developing new exhibitions directly. Exhibitions and public programs in photography bring many of the world's most renowned artists and photojournalists to the museum and to Florida. The goals of museum programs and exhibitions reflect the interdisciplinary mission of the museum. SMP exhibitions explore concepts of culture and the role of the visual in shaping memory, identity and history. Numerous points of entry are set for an audience that lead to a broader appreciation and understanding of the issues examined. One of the museum's principal objectives is to demonstrate photography's role and function as both a means of representation and a tool for individual expression.
 
Fort Lauderdale
1 E Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - FL33301
Founded in 1958, NSU Art Museum is a premier destination for exhibitions and programs encompassing all facets of civilization’s visual history. The Museum is located midway between Miami and Palm Beach in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. Its distinctive modernist building, which opened in 1986 was designed by the renowned architect Edward Larrabee Barnes and is a dynamic cultural hub in Fort Lauderdale’s Arts and Entertainment District. The Museum is a short walk to the shops, restaurants and galleries of vibrant Las Olas Boulevard as well as to the picturesque Riverwalk waterfront promenade. NSU Art Museum’s 83,000 square-foot building contains 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 256-seat auditorium, Museum Store and Cafe. Art classes for adults, children and teens are offered throughout the year.
 
Gainesville
3259 Hull Road
Gainesville, Florida - FL32611
The Photography collection covers a broad spectrum of work from 19th century daguerreotypes to large-scale contemporary color prints. A major strength of the collection is the in-depth representation of works by Jerry Uelsmann, the innovative experimenter who established the University of Florida as a center for photographic studies. The collection also features numerous other leading artists and educators who have either taught or been a student at UF including Robert Fichter, Todd Walker, William Parker, Evon Streetman, Doug Prince, Bea Nettles, Sergio Vega, Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, and others. The Harn’s collection began with the University Gallery’s acquisition of important works by noted photographers including Robert Frank, Irving Penn, Wynn Bullock and Minor White, but photography has become a collecting focus only in recent years with the 2002-2004 acquisitions of works by diverse influential contemporary artists such as Rineke Dijkstra, Cindy Sherman and Alan Sekula. The goal to build on the strengths of these contemporary works and represent key photographers in increased depth has begun to take shape. The Harn recently acquired 75 photographs by Brazilian artist Sebastião Salgado and over 20 works depicting celebrities and nudes by Len Prince in collaboration with Jessie Mann.
 
Jacksonville
333 North Laura Street
Jacksonville, Florida - FL32202
MOCA Jacksonville primarily collects work from 1960 to the present. The Museum’s permanent collection currently consists of nearly 1,000 works of art, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography. Artists represented in the collection include Hans Hofmann, Alexander Calder, Alex Katz, Robert Longo, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg, Paul Jenkins, Jules Olitski, Philip Pearlstein, Jim Dine, James Rosenquist, and Joan Mitchell. MOCA Jacksonville endeavors to create a permanent collection of significant depth, scope, and quality to be used for study, scholarly research, and exhibition – all tools that foster an education, awareness and experience with contemporary visual art.
 
Miami
101 West Flagler Street
Miami, Florida - FL33130
HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is the premier cultural institution committed to collecting, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. Through exhibitions, artistic endeavors, city tours, education, research, collections and publications, HistoryMiami Museum works to help everyone understand the importance of the past in shaping Miami’s future. HistoryMiami Museum connects people by telling the stories of Miami’s communities, individuals, places and events.
Initially accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) in 1979, HistoryMiami Museum has been subsequently reaccredited in 1987, 1997 and 2008, joining the elite 24% of history museums nationwide, and one of only two history museums in Miami-Dade County to meet the rigorous professional standards required.
In July 2011, HistoryMiami Museum became part of the prestigious Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program. This status provides opportunities to share resources in programming, collections, scholarship, and technical expertise – and entitles the Museum to bring world-acclaimed Smithsonian exhibitions to South Florida.
 
Miami
101 W Flagler St
Miami, Florida - FL33130
Pérez Art Museum Miami was originally founded as the Center for Fine Arts, and was strictly an exhibiting organization with no collection of its own. In 1996, as part of an institution-wide reorganization, the museum was renamed Miami Art Museum and dedicated itself to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with a special emphasis on art of the Americas. Since then, the collection has grown steadily and now comprises more than 1,300 works across a range of media. The new Pérez Art Museum Miami in downtown Miami’s Museum Park will strengthen the Museum’s role as a vital cultural and educational center and provide generous spaces to showcase the Museum’s art holdings and attract more top caliber exhibitions.
 
Miami
591 Northwest 27th Street
Miami, Florida - FL33127
In 1998, Martin Z. Margulies along with his longtime curator Katherine Hinds began looking for a suitable space to display the growing collection of photography, video and installation works, and sculpture of the Margulies Contemporary Art Collection. In 1999, the first phase of the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse opened to the public with an event to benefit the Lowe Museum at the University of Miami. After a series of expansions, the Warehouse now comprises 45,000 square feet of exhibition space with set hours each week.
Miami art maven Martin Margulies welcomes the public on Friday and Saturday afternoons to this enormous, converted warehouse in the Wynwood Arts District, where his extensive collection of 20th- and 21st-century photographs are on view, along with cutting-edge videos, installations and sculptures; guided group tours are available by advance appointment, and there are also occasional lectures and special events. At a glance: contemporary art · photography and video · cindy sherman · olafur eliasson · george segal
 
Miami
10975 S.W. 17th Street
Miami, Florida - FL33199
The Frost Art Museum’s collection is a melding of several distinctive collections: the General Collection, the Metropolitan Museum and Art Center Collection and the Betty Laird Perry Emerging Artist Collection. The General Collection holds a strong representation of American printmaking from the 1960s and '70s, photography, Pre-Columbian objects dating from 200-500 AD, and a growing number of works by contemporary Caribbean and Latin American artists. The Museum continues to expand the collection through private donations, purchases and acquisitions. The Metropolitan Museum and Art Center Collection, was donated to the Frost Art Museum in order to ensure its intact survival in 1989, when the Metropolitan Museum and Art Center of Coral Gables closed. This collection of more than 2,300 objects includes sculptures, photographs, and paintings by major 20th century figures, an extensive collection of American prints from the 1960s; major sculptural works; important photographs; rare Japanese Netsukes and ancient bronzes from Asian and African cultures. In support of the University’s studio arts program, the Betty Laird Perry Emerging Artist Collection is comprised of artworks obtained through purchase awards granted to selected BFA and MFA students graduating from the program since 1980. Numerous award recipients have continued to garner national and international recognition as mature artists.
 
Miami Beach
2100 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida - FL33139
Located in the heart of Miami Beach, the Bass Museum of Art offers a range of dynamic contemporary art exhibitions. Educational programs, artist projects, lectures, concerts and free family days complement the works on view. The museum was founded in 1963, when the City of Miami Beach accepted the donation of the private collection of John and Johanna Bass, residents of Miami Beach, originally from Vienna, Austria. Named in their honor, the museum opened one year later in a stunning example of 1930s Art Deco architecture designed by Russell Pancoast, that had previously housed the Miami Beach Library and Art Center.
 
Saratoga
5401 Bay Shore Road
Saratoga, Florida - FL34243
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art has a diverse collection comprised of nearly 14,000 objects of European, American and Asian art and continues to grow. In 2002, the Koger Collection of Chinese ceramics, which spans over four millennia of Chinese ceramics, was donated to the Museum. In 2006, Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt made a combined pledge of her collection of Chinese jades, stone sculptures, bronzes, and other works. The Ringling Museum also collects modern and contemporary art, and presents temporary exhibitions from its own collections.
 
St. Petersburg
255 Beach Drive N.E.
St. Petersburg, Florida - FL33701
From a legendary permanent collection, to fascinating traveling exhibitions, to exciting events in the heart of downtown’s scenic waterfront, the MFA is ready to inspire you with diverse and ever-changing opportunities to experience art. Discover 4,500 years of civilization in thousands of objects extending from antiquity to present – the only comprehensive art collection of its kind on Florida’s west coast. Highlights include masterpieces from Monet, Cézanne, Renoir and others, a sculpture garden, a Steuben glass gallery and one of Florida’s most respected photography collections.
 
Tallahassee
530 W Call Street
Tallahassee, Florida - FL32306
The FSU MoFA’s permanent collection has a wide variety of photographs. The collection covers photography as far back as the daguerreotype, the first photographic process. The Palm Press Collection alone presents a quick history of photography: a daguerreotype, a tintype, an ambrotype, three albumen prints, a stereograph, a platinum print, and more. One of the most notable photographs in the collection is a Man Ray photolithograph titled Rayogram. Other artists represented in FSU MoFA’s photograph collection are Judy Chicago, Jerry Uelsman, George Blakely, Larry Clark, Ewing Galloway and Andy Warhol. The Shapiro Collection consists of 109 photographs by Arthur Taussig and includes c-prints, Polaroid, and color photographs, most dating to the late 1970s and early 1980s.
 
Tampa
400 N. Ashley Drive
Tampa, Florida - FL33602
Since its beginning in 2001, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts has steadily built its permanent collection. Beginning with a group of vintage photographs by Richard Tepe (arranged by Vincent Sorrentino, co-founder) as well as excellent examples of photojournalism by Tampa Bay Times photographers Jamie Francis and James Borchuck, the museum soon gained a ten-work suite of landmark images by the pioneer of strobe light photography and M.I.T. professor, Dr. Harold “Doc” Edgerton. Thanks to co-founder Charles Levin and Gus Kayafus of Palm Press, Edgerton’s famous Milk Drop Coronet and Shooting the Apple are in the collection. FMoPA has a growing concentration of examples of early panoramic photography, including five views of early Tampa by the Burgert Brothers (gifts of Terry Butchko Hoft). An array of early panoramic views of the building of the Panama Canal, West Point, Miami and other vistas, are among numerous gifts from Robert B. MacKay of Cold Spring Harbor, New York, author of America by the Yard: Cirkut Camera: Images from the Early Twentieth Century. The museum is grateful to longtime supporters Celia and Jim Ferman for their gift of three classic scenes of Woodstock by Burk Uzzle. Museum trustee William K. Zewadski was instrumental in the acquisition of important works by celebrity photographer Len Prince, by Chinese photographer Shen Wei and by Dianora Niccolini, who is a pioneer in the photographing of the male nude. David R. Hall, III, a member of FMOPA’s Board of Directors and friend of many artists, facilitated the donation of works by such noted names as Judy Dater (known for her 1974 photograph of Imogen Cunningham and Twinka), Andrea Modica (who has exhibited her work in museums internationally), Robert Hartman (who takes infrared aerial photographs of the California countryside) and Ruth Bernhard, who was once saluted by Ansel Adams as being “the greatest photographer of the nude.” Elizabeth Bolint donated a key work by noted Depression-Era artist Dorothea Lange, Kern County, and the museum also holds a portrait of Lange by Rondal Partridge (son of Imogen Cunningham). The very top ranks of Florida photography (and/or Florida-born photographers) are represented by four large, excellent works from Clyde Butcher (two of which were dontated by Charles Levin and Cynthia Flowers, co-founders) and a haunting landscape donated by the artist Benjamin Dimmitt. Herb Snitzer, who is famous for his portraits of jazz musicians and who lives in St. Petersburg, as arranged by Cynthia Flowers, donated the portrait of Bette Davis to the museum’s permanent collection. Also in the collection are three engaging views of Pittsburgh’s African-American community in the 1930s and 1940s by Charles “Teenie” Harris (also known as “One Shot” Harris). One image was a gift of the Harris family arranged by Cynthia Flowers and the other two were donated by Charles Levin and Cynthia Flowers. The museum holds two dreamlike photo montages by San Francisco-based Hugh Shurley. In addition, courtesy of New York’s Marlborough Gallery and the artist, the museum has two dramatic portraits of members of the Surma and Mursi tribes of Ethiopia by German-born Hans Silvester. The most recent acquisitions include a gift of more than 40 works from Bud Lee and his family. Lee, at one time a key member of Tampa’s arts community and currently a resident of Plant City, Florida, has had a colorful and noted career photographing for Esquire and Rolling Stone, among other publications.
 
Tampa
120 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, Florida - FL33602
The museum has over 2,149 photographs representing a wide variety of photographic techniques and formats: daguerreotype, albumen, salt, photogravure, stereographic, collotype, gelatin silver, carbon and chromogenic. Particular areas of strength include nineteenth-century photographs, especially expeditionary images related to Greece and Rome, and photography created after 1970. The collection initially was established with an emphasis on photographs created by artists who stage, manipulate and otherwise transform their subject matter. Since then it has expanded to include examples by other important contemporary photographers. Examples include: Berenice Abbott, John Baldessari, Zeke Berman, Nancy Burson, Chuck Close, Eileen Cowin, Robert Doisneau, Robert Frank, Sally Gall, Phillippe Halsman, Bud Lee, Robert Mapplethorpe, Duane Michals, Abelardo Morell, Eliot Porter, Robert Rauschenberg, Sebastiao Salgado, Lucas Samaras, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Aaron Siskind, Sandy Skoglund, Jerry Uelsmann, Burk Uzzle, William Wegman, and Garry Winogrand. Part of the photography collection consists of works whose subject matter is exclusively related to archaeological excavations and classical imagery. These photographs were gifts from a single donor, William Knight Zewadski. This area of the collection serves as an impressive resource for the museum’s collection of antiquities and provides examples of many of the early techniques and practitioners of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Examples include such artists as Felix Bohfils, Constantin Dimitris, Roger Fenton, Francis Frith, and Robert MacPerson. An endowment for photography provided by the Frank E. Duckwall endowment within the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay provides some of the means to build the collection.
 
Tampa
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, Florida - FL33620
The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum maintains the permanent collection for the University of South Florida. In this Collection portfolio, you can browse the entire online collection including over 3,000 objects of contemporary graphics, works on paper, sculpture multiples and photography. The portfolios below contain significant subsets of the collection. Click on any portfolio to browse its contents. The “Search” button on the sidebar allows you to explore the collection using a variety of search parameters. USFCAM received a significant gift from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as part of the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program. The gift, consisting of 106 original Polaroid photographs and 50 gelatin silver prints produced by Warhol between 1970 and 1987, is represented in this portfolio.
 
Vero Beach
3001 Riverside Park Drive
Vero Beach, Florida - FL32963
The permanent collection of the Vero Beach Museum of Art is central to the Museum’s mission and features art from the early twentieth century to the present in a broad range of media. The collection includes over 880 works of art and is currently concentrated primarily on American art; however, the Museum is also growing its international holdings in the area of contemporary art. The Museum’s online database includes a selection of works from the collection, organized by media.
 
West Palm Beach
1451 S. Olive Avenue
West Palm Beach, Florida - FL33401
The Museum’s Collection of Photography boasts nearly 3000 photographs that span the entire history of the medium. The collection has particular strengths in works by European masters of modernism such as Alexander Rodchenko, August Sander and Albert Renger –Patzch; examples by Bauhaus principals Lazlo Moholy-Nagy and Gyorgy Kepes; and significant holdings by husband-and-wife Dusseldorf artists Bernd and Hilla Becher. Mid-century American holdings include works by Danny Lyon, Larry Clark, William Eggelston, Dave Heath, and Ralph Gibson. The contemporary international emphasis of the photography collection is anchored by significant works from Sophie Calle, Tacita Dean, Thomas Demand, Gilbert and George, Candida Höfer, Alfredo Jaar, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Jeff Wall.
 
 
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