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The Top Independent Photography Centers in the U.S.

July 8, 2015

Here's a list of the top independent, nonprofit photography centers in the U.S., ranked according to their total annual revenues.

  1. International Center of Photography (New York, NY) – $15,275,484

  2. George Eastman House (Rochester, NY) – $7,540,403

  3. Aperture Foundation (New York, NY) – $5,159,228

  4. Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego, CA) –  $2,190,755

  5. Houston Center for Photography (Houston, TX) – $846,341

  6. Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester, NY) – $494,777

  7. Light Factory (Charlotte, NC) – $450,696

  8. Photo Center Northwest (Seattle, WA) – $435,807

  9. Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR) – $410,241

  10. Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (Tampa, FL) – $341,001

  11. Chicago Photography Center (Chicago, IL) – $336,697

  12. Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock, NY) – $334,496

  13. Photographic Resource Center (Boston, MA) – $286,078*

  14. Baxter Street at the Camera Club of New York (New York, NY) – $281,142

  15. Center for Fine Art Photography (Ft Collins, CO) – $277,558

  16. Center (Santa Fe, NM) – $277,341

  17. San Francisco Camerawork (San Francisco, CA) – $247,743 

  18. Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, MA) – $232,322

  19. Blue Sky Gallery/Oregon Center for Photographic Arts (Portland, OR) – $186,341

  20. Center for Photographic Art (Carmel, CA) – $184,869

  21. Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (Philadelphia, PA) – $171,743

  22. International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (St Louis, MO) – $160,191

  23. Colorado Photographic Arts Center (Denver, CO) - $142,397

* Although the Photographic Resource Center is located on the campus of Boston University, it is an independent organization.


The caveats for this list are: 

  • These are completely independent organizations that provide educational and community services such as classes, an exhibition space, library or outreach services. There are other large organizations that are not independent, like the Center for Creative Photography, or that are focused on promoting the work of a specific photographer, like the Robert Maplethorpe Foundation. I did not include those types of organizations in this list.

  • The revenue amounts are for fiscal year 2013. That's the most recent year in which the 990 tax forms are readily available online for all of these organizations. Some organizations report their financial information  based on a calendar year, and some report on a July-to-June fiscal year. I've intermingled both here for the sake of simplicity.

  • I've included only those organizations with revenues of at least $100,000.

I use GuideStar to review the 990s and compile this information. I'll update this list annually as new tax returns are available online. 


Tim Greyhavens

July 2015

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