Each year I publish a list of the largest independent, nonprofit photography centers in the U.S., ranked according to their self-reported total annual revenues. Here's the current list, based upon 2014 data.
International Center of Photography (New York, NY) – $14,801,154
George Eastman House (Rochester, NY) – $8,512,704
Aperture Foundation (New York, NY) – $6,232,729
Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego, CA) – $2,669,062
Palm Beach Photographic Centre (West Palm Beach, FL) – $1,155,355
Houston Center for Photography (Houston, TX) – $1,076,690
Photo Center Northwest (Seattle, WA) – $967,408
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (Philadelphia, PA) – $590,164
Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester, NY) – $494,777
Los Angeles Center of Photography (Los Angeles, CA) - $485,913
Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR) – $476,327
Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock, NY) – $462,877
Light Work (Syracuse, NY) – $416,700
San Francisco Camerawork (San Francisco, CA) – $339,387
Baxter Street at the Camera Club of New York (New York, NY) – $318,766
Center for Fine Art Photography (Ft Collins, CO) – $289,857
Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, MA) – $289,292
Silver Eye Center for Photography (Pittsburgh, PA) – $284,078
Center (Santa Fe, NM) – $265,395
Blue Sky Gallery/Oregon Center for Photographic Arts (Portland, OR) – $200,883
International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (St Louis, MO) – $196,479
Light Factory (Charlotte, NC) – $191,842
Center for Photographic Art (Carmel, CA) – $178,879
Chicago Photography Center (Chicago, IL) – $172,817
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (Tampa, FL) – $162,205
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 2014. As of October 2016, 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. For this list I've chosen the ending date of the reporting period as the fiscal year.
I use GuideStar to review the 990s and compile this information. If you find any errors or organizations I've inadvertently left off of the list, please let me know.
I'll update this list annually as new tax returns are available online.