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 2015 data.
International Center of Photography (New York, NY) – $31,740,096
George Eastman Museum (Rochester, NY) – $7,979,988
Aperture Foundation (New York, NY) – $5,646,731
Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego, CA) – $3,353,722
Palm Beach Photographic Centre (West Palm Beach, FL) – $1,093,219
Houston Center for Photography (Houston, TX) – $1,076,690
Photo Center Northwest (Seattle, WA) – $928,662
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (Philadelphia, PA) – $660,263
Light Work Visual Studies (Syracuse, NY) – $508,055
Los Angeles Center of Photography (Los Angeles, CA) - $488,123
Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock, NY) – $460,161
Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester, NY) – $441,612
Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR) – $427,626
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (Tampa, FL) – $329,647
San Francisco Camerawork (San Francisco, CA) – $304,323
Center for Fine Art Photography (Ft Collins, CO) – $302,587
Center (Santa Fe, NM) – $292,468
Camera Club of New York (New York, NY) – $255,232
Light Factory (Charlotte, NC) – $254,989
International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (St Louis, MO) – $240,632
Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, MA) – $240,247
Silver Eye Center for Photography (Pittsburgh, PA) – $211,867
Colorado Photographic Arts Center (Denver, CO) - $181,745
Center for Photographic Art (Carmel, CA) – $172,644
Athens Photographic Project (Athens, OH) – $145,032
The caveats for this list are:
These are completely independent organizations that provide educational and community services such as classes, an exhibition space, library and/or outreach services. There are other large organizations that are not independent, such as the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, or that are focused on promoting the work of a specific photographer, such as the Robert Maplethorpe Foundation. I did not include those types of organizations in this list.
The revenue amounts are for fiscal year 2015. As of July 2017, 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.