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 (CCP) is one of the world’s leading academic museums and study centers for the history of photography. Since its founding in 1975, CCP has promoted photography as a medium through education, research, conservation, and local, national, and international exhibitions. Today, CCP’s extraordinary collection includes some of the most recognizable names in North American photography, and the institution strives to be a field leader in interdisciplinary engagement and community outreach.

Donors play a crucial role in making this work possible. Private support helps CCP acquire new works of art, invest in state-of-the-art technology, provide dynamic and meaningful programming for our communities, and much more.  


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“The Center for Creative Photography is committed to making sense of our image-saturated world by deepening our understanding of the medium–from its inception to today. As we prepare to celebrate our 50th anniversary, photography’s unique role in enriching the life of our communities steadfastly remains at the heart of our work.”

– Director Todd J. Tubutis

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The Center for Creative Photography stewards an unparalleled archival collection upwards of 9 million objects, including negatives, work prints, contact sheets, albums, scrapbooks, correspondence, writings, audiovisual materials, and memorabilia. In addition to more than 200 complete archives, the Center actively maintains a growing fine print collection of more than 110,000 works by some 2,200 individual artists. 


Archives and Collections

With the generous financial support of donors, CCP expands its collections through gifts and purchases. Contributions to this fund will allow us to strategically grow and diversify our collections to foster a fuller, more inclusive history of photography.

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Conservation (Bell Fund)  

CCP is one of the few photographic institutions in the country with a state-of-the-art photo conservation lab. Contributions to this fund allow us to ensure the long-term preservation and future display of our unique holdings. 

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The Director's Circle is a leadership-giving level supporting CCP's access, investment, and engagement priorities. Circle members provide critical financial support for the initiatives that serve the core priorities of the Center for Creative Photography 

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