Center for Creative Photography

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The Center for Creative Photography promotes creative inquiry, dialogue and appreciation of photography’s enduring cultural influence

The Center for Creative Photography is the premier research collection of American photographic fine art and archives. Our collections at the Center provide an unparalleled resource for research, exhibitions, loans and traveling exhibitions. Founded in 1975, the Center exists today because of the vision of one of photography’s greatest masters, Ansel Adams. The collection has grown since then to include some of the most recognizable names in 20th century North American photography.

To stay impactful in a changing society, we strive to connect with new and diverse audiences and create the cutting edge of conservation, technology, and outreach for our field. Donors play a crucial role in making this mission possible. Private support helps us acquire new works of art, invest in state-of-the-art technology, and provide dynamic and engaging programming for the public. 


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“By strategically growing our collection, engaging the community, and preserving for the future, we can build upon the Center’s original vision and lead photography into new and exciting horizons.”

– Director Anne Breckenridge Barrett

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Conservation of prints, negatives, letters, working materials and related items is a crucial priority of the Center. We also repair damaged items and actively contribute to new scholarship on conservation. Your support makes it possible for us to preserve CCP’s 5 million archival objects and 100,000 fine prints for future generations.


CCP Memberships

Members enjoy exclusive access to visiting artist lectures, members-only exhibition openings, print viewings, and much more. Your annual contribution ensures the Center can continue its legacy as a leading institution dedicated to education and exploration in the field of fine art photography.

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CCP Acquisitions

Help the CCP grow and deepen its archive.

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Ansel Adams Visiting Scholar Program

This program brings world-class scholars to the CCP, who then promote new knowledge about photography and the history of photography.

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