The International Center of Photography is a photography museum, school, and research center in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, United States. The center was founded in 1974. It is the host of the Infinity Awards, inaugurated in 1985 "to bring public attention to outstanding achievements in photography by honoring individuals with distinguished careers in the field and by identifying future luminaries."
The ICP School:
Located in Midtown Manhattan, the School at ICP serves more than 5,000 students each year, offering 400 courses in a curriculum that ranges from darkroom classes to certificate and master's degree programs. Other educational programming includes a lecture series, seminars, symposia, workshops hosted by professional photographers, and complementary activities.
Opened in 2001, the School is a 27,000-square-foot (2,500 m2) facility at 1114 Avenue of the Americas, diagonally across the street from the ICP Museum. The facility features state-of-the-art classroom and black-and-white and color lab spaces;[vague] digital labs with resources for multimedia, digital photography, video editing and production; and a professional shooting studio. Designed by Gensler, a New York-based architectural firm, the School includes a library, a student lounge, and a student and community exhibition gallery. Among the building's architectural highlights is a striking glass pavilion entrance on the building's plaza. ICP's educational initiatives are divided into three areas: the School, Public Programs, and Community Programs.
The permanent collection at ICP contains more than 100,000 photographs. Since its opening in 1974, ICP has acquired important historical and contemporary images through an acquisitions committee and through donations and bequests from photographers and collectors. The collection spans the history of the photographic medium, from daguerrotypes to gelatin silver and digital chromogenic prints.
The collection is strongest in its holdings of American and European documentary photography of the 1930s to the 1990s. It comprises large bodies of work by W. Eugene Smith, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, the Farm Security Administration photographers, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Lisette Model, Gordon Parks, James VanDerZee, and Garry Winogrand. Recent purchases have included work by contemporary photographers such as Carrie Mae Weems, Justine Kurland, Katy Grannan, Vik Muniz, and Susan Meiselas.
Another component of the collection is a significant group of photographically illustrated magazines, particularly those published between World War I and II, such as Vu, Regards, Picture Post, Lilliput, Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung, Arbeiter-Illustrierte-Zeitung, and Life.