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Museum of Contemporary Photography

About the Museum


Interior, Museum of Contemporary Photography

Museum of Contemporary Photography, gallery view
Hannah Bourne, Photo: Museum of Contemporary Photography

Museum of Contemporary Photography, gallery view

Exterior View, Museum of Contemporary Photography
Photo: Museum of Contemporary Photography

Exterior View, Museum of Contemporary Photography

Museum of Contemporary Photography, gallery view
Photo: Museum of Contemporary Photography

Museum of Contemporary Photography, gallery view

Museum of Contemporary Photography, gallery view
Hannah Bourne, Photo: Museum of Contemporary Photography

Museum of Contemporary Photography, gallery view

Museum of Contemporary Photography, stairs
Photo: Museum of Contemporary Photography

Museum of Contemporary Photography, stairs

The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) was founded in 1976 by Columbia College Chicago. It is the most prominent photography gallery in the Midwest, with a collection that features notable works by modern and contemporary figures including Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange and Irving Penn. The museum also hosts the Midwest Photographers Project (MPP), a rotating collection of portfolios from photographers from surrounding states, and its exhibition programme gives notable support to emerging photographers.

Collection Highlights


29 Palms: Rocket-Propelled Grenade Ambush

An-My Lê

29 Palms: Rocket-Propelled Grenade Ambush
Barack Obama

Dawoud Bey

Barack Obama
Candy Cigarette

Sally Mann

Candy Cigarette
333 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Il, October 2016, 2001

Vera Lutter

333 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Il, October 2016, 2001
Untitled #2450

Carrie May Weems

Untitled #2450
Museum of Contemporary Photography: Collection Highlights
29 Palms: Rocket-Propelled Grenade Ambush

An-My Lê

29 Palms: Rocket-Propelled Grenade Ambush, 2003-2004
Gift of the Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, NM
Barack Obama

Dawoud Bey

Barack Obama, 2006
Columbia College Chicago Commission
Candy Cigarette

Sally Mann

Candy Cigarette, 1989
Museum purchase
333 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Il, October 2016, 2001

Vera Lutter

333 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Il, October 2016, 2001, 2001
Museum commission
Untitled #2450

Carrie May Weems

Untitled #2450, 1990
Museum purchase
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