Nothing really beats going to an awesome gallery: there’s the atmosphere, ability to network and amazing exhibits. Here are 50 galleries that all photo students should visit, in no particular order.

1) Hamiltons Gallery London, England

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This London-based gallery is a storied institution that has hosted everything from past masters Irving Penn to contemporary photographers like Don McCullin.

2) International Center of Photography New York, NY

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Perhaps one of the most recognizable institutions in New York, the ICP is a great place to see some wonderful exhibitions such as Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis, which fits the gallery’s current theme of climate change.

3) Pace/MacGill Gallery New York, NY

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Another great place to see modern and contemporary art, Pace/MacGill Gallery is a great venue to observe the classics as well as emerging artists.

4) Greenpoint Gallery Brookyln, NY

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A great local spot, Brooklyn’s Greenpoint Gallery is an entirely free (except for drinks) venue for aspiring artists filled with some of New York’s best and brightest up-and-comers.

5) Steven Kasher Gallery New York, NY

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If you want a mixture of art forms—contemporary, fine art and vintage—then look no further because the Steven Kasher Gallery is your ideal destination.

6) Yossi Milo Gallery New York, NY

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Another gorgeous gallery, it main focus is contemporary pieces. Marco Bruer is currently its feature exhibition.

7) Robert Mann Gallery New York, NY

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The Robert Mann Gallery is a great place to see some amazing exhibitions. The gallery owners remain quite loyal to their consistent clients with Julie Blackmon’s Free Range as the artist’s third collaboration with the famous venue.

8) Aperture Foundation Gallery New York, NY

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Another New York exhibit dedicated to contemporary and classic photography, the Aperture Foundation currently houses The New York Times photo exhibit.

9) Torch Gallery Amsterdam, Netherlands

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One of the first Dutch galleries to recognize the importance of photography, Torch Gallery is “a springboard for emerging Dutch artists…like Anton Corbijn and Inez van Lamsweerde.”

10) Carla Sozzani Gallery Milan, Italy

A gallery that covers a wide array of art forms—art, photography, design and architecture—Carla Sozzani has emerged as one of the premiere galleries in Italy.

11) Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco, CA

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A great exhibit in San Francisco, the Fraenkel Gallery shows how their unique exhibitions “explore photography and its relation to other arts.”

12) Edwynn Houk Gallery New York and Zurich locations

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Originally, Houk specialized in vintage photographs between 1917-1939, while the gallery is also “the exclusive representative of the Estates of Brassaï, Bill Brandt, Dorothea Lange, André Kertész, Ilse Bing, and the Robert Frank Archive.”

13) Fifty One Fine Art Antwerp, Belgium

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Fifty One Fine Art is the only Belgium gallery to deal exclusively in fine art photography. It has proven so successful they have even added a New York office.

14) Magnum Gallery Paris, France

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Showing the best Magnum has to offer, its most recent exhibit is by the famous Iranian-born photographer Abbass Attar.

15) Camera Work Berlin, Germany

Another great venue, Camera Work shows classic and contemporary photos as a way to observe the evolution of photographer.

16) Soho Photo Gallery New York, NY

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Soho Photo Gallery was created by New York Times photographers “who wanted to create a venue for photography as fine art.” 

17) Laurence Miller Gallery New York, NY

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Laurence Miller Gallery is another place that focuses on vintage and contemporary works but also “is the leading source for original Eadweard Muybridge Animal and Human Locomotion plates from 1887.”

18) Matthew Marks Gallery – New York and Los Angeles locations

The Matthew Marks Gallery covers a wide array of different styles—painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, drawing and printmaking—with the company representing over 25 European and American artists.

19) Luhring Augustine New York, NY

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Another place that covers a wide variety of fields, the Luhring Augustine gallery is an ideal spot to see some emerging and classic artists. They also “specialize in the resale of…artists such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.”

20) David Zwirner New York, NY

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A fantastic contemporary gallery, David Zwirner has been known for fostering some truly gifted individuals such as Luc Tuymans and Neo Rauch.

21) Gladstone Gallery New York, New York

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Another fine art gallery in New York, Gladstone is a fantastic space known for its diversity.

22) C/O Gallery Berlin, Germany

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Founded in 2000, C/O Gallery is more than just a gallery; it is a cultural and educational institution in Germany. “Intensive educational work and close cooperation with institutions worldwide make C/O Berlin a unique center of cultural exchange.”

23) Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, Germany

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Originally a famous railway station in Berlin, the Hamburger Bahnhof is now a famous art museum that has displayed various artists such as Paul McCarthy, Jason Rhoades, Rodney Graham, Peter Fischli, David Weiss and Stan Douglas.

24) Dittrich Schlechtriem Berlin, Germany

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An interesting mix of fine art, Dittrich & Schlechtriem is another German gallery known for its abstract work.

25) Rockelman & Berlin, Germany

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Known as the gallery for “innovative contemporary art,” Germany’s Rockelman & is an ideal location to see artist like Twig Capra, Klaus Pichler and Jens Heller.

26) Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, Illinois

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The famous institution contains highly educational exhibitions including Art of Byzantium, Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary and The [Not So] Still Life.

27) Christopher Henry Gallery New York, NY

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Another fantastic location focusing on innovative emerging or mid-career artists, Christopher Henry has some of the best exhibits New York has to offer.

28) Jan Mot Belgium and Mexico

A beautiful gallery in Belgium and Mexico, Jan Mot represents various artists such as Sven Augustijnen, Pierre Bismuth and Mario Garcia Torres.

29) Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler Berlin, Germany

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Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler has had some truly interesting exhibits in their storied career, particularly 2012s Aids-3D.

30) Isabella Bortolzzi Gallery Berlin, Germany

A great gallery that has hosted likes of Yuri Ancarani, Leonor Antunes, Ibon Aranberri and Ed Atkins, the Isabella Bortolzzi Gallery is a small location with big talent.

31) Franco Noero Torino, Italy

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A beautiful contemporary art museum in Italy, Franco Noero is a premiere location to see some interesting exhibits.

32) Air de Paris Paris, France

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A truly interesting gallery, it something you shouldn’t miss out in if in France. 

33) Yvon Lambert Paris, France

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A historic gallery, Yvon Lambert “presents American artists, pioneers of minimal art, conceptual art, and land art such as Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long [and] Brice Marden.”

34) Herald St London, England

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A great contemporary gallery that attracts some truly incredible artists including their latest exhibit from Ida Ekblad.

35) Peres Projects Berlin Germany

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Pere Project is a contemporary art gallery that represents some of the brightest American and European artists working today. 

36) Morrison Hotel Gallery New York, NY

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Founded by Peter Blachley, Richard Horowitz and Henry Diltz—folks with prominent roles in the music industry—the Morrison Hotel Gallery is dedicated to curating fine art music photography. Oh, and the Resource staff loves to party with them

37) Maureen Paley London, England

One of the first art galleries “to promote contemporary art in East End,” the Maureen Paley Gallery is a fantastic locale to see some truly innovative artists.

38) David Kordansky Los Angeles, CA

Seen as the champion of emerging artists in the Los Angeles, David Jordansky is the perfect place to see California’s finest.

39) Greene Naftali New York, NY

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Greene Naftali is a place to see some ground-breaking pieces that transverse all forms of media.

40) Sprüth Magers Berlin, London, Cologne and Los Angeles

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Sprüth Magers, a truly global company, has expanded so much due to their ability “to accompany, promote and support the developments of contemporary art.”

41) Bureau New York, NY

Another great gallery that works with international artists of all levels, the Bureau is another venue on the short list of must visit places in New York City.

42) Anton Kern Gallery New York, NY

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Another New York venue that hosts a wide array of art forms, the Anton Kern has a fantastic stable of twenty-seven artists at their disposal.

43) Blum & Poe Los Angeles, Tokyo and New York

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Originally starting in LA, Blum & Poe’s exceptional skills in promoting and distributing contemporary art has enabled them to open more offices in New York and Tokyo.

44) Metro Pictures New York, NY

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A gallery that opened in 1980, Metro Pictures was quickly put on the map with exhibits by Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo, Troy Brauntuch, Jack Goldstein, Sherry Levine, James Welling, and Richard Prince.

45) Gavin Brown’s Enterprise New York,  NY

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise is a unique gallery because of its unconventional approach, which is something that started when “Steven Pippin [originally] transformed the gallery space into a camera obscura.”

46) 303 Gallery New York, NY

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Another great gallery that has shown the works of Doug Aitken, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Rodney Graham, Karen Kilimnik, and Collier Schorr to name a few.

47) The Invisible Dog Brooklyn, NY

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Another place that covers a wide array of mediums, The Invisible Dog is known for its atmosphere and its unique space that was once a factory.

48) Reena Spaulings New York, NY

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A hip place displaying some truly amazing work from artists of all fields, Reena is an ideal spot to see the latest and greatest.

49) White Cube

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A fantastic company with numerous eye-popping sites. Between the size of the buildings and the exhibitions you are likely to find various sources of inspiration.

50) Emmanuel Perrotin Paris and Hong Kong

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A gallery that launched the careers of Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst, they’re certainly not afraid to go outside societal norms which certainly separates it from most venues.

 

Did we forget any photo galleries? Let us know in the comment section below! 

 

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