Visitors Guide to the
International Photography Hall of Fame
3415 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO

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The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (IPHF) is a museum, opened in 2013, that is located in the downtown area of Saint Louis. The IPHF’s mission is to preserve, promote, and educate its visitors on the history of photography. The IPHF annually inducts key photographers or innovators, promotes scholarly research into their work, and preserves and displays related artifacts. The IPHF also exhibits prints and antique cameras from its permanent collection, and hosts special exhibitions focusing on the art and science of photography.

The Hall of Fame is the result of a project began in 1965 by the Photographic Art and Science Foundation. Members of the Professional Photographers of America originally created the Foundation to promote photographic history by inducting historically significant photographers and inventors into a Photography Hall of Fame. However, no physical structure existed at the time to commemorate Hall of Fame inductees or to display the Foundation’s photographic and historical resources.

After twelve years of receiving unique prints and antique camera equipment from across the country, the foundation opened a Photography Hall of Fame in 1977 as part of the University Museums at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. In 1983 the International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum moved from the Brooks Institute to the Kirkpatrick Center of the Omniplex Science Museum in Oklahoma City. Since first opening its doors in 1983 the Hall of Fame has traced the art, history, and technology of image making.

In 2013 the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum embarked on its largest capital campaign and relocated to its current location in Saint Louis. The IPHF now occupies 6,000 square feet of gallery and exhibition space in the Grand Center Arts District, one of the America’s densest cultural districts. Like the photographic industry itself, the IPHF continues to evolve and find new and innovative ways to stay relevant and achieve its mission. Today over 500 artists and several thousand photographs represent the Hall of Fame’s permanent collection. The gallery can only display a portion of its collection so there is a continual rotation of what can be seen at the museum. Interpretive signage often accompanies significant pieces on display.

The IPHF’s educational outreach is conducted through its quarterly journal which highlights one Hall of Fame Inductee in each publication, along with articles relating to its current special exhibitions and its permanent collection. Like the photographic industry itself, the IPHF continues to evolve and find new and innovative ways to stay relevant and achieve its mission.

Visiting the International Photography Hall of Fame
     Visiting Hours
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
          Wednesday & Thursday: 11 am - 6 pm
          Friday: 11 am - 4 pm (extended hours on First Fridays until 9 pm)
          Saturday: 11 am - 4 pm
          Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm
      If you are planning to visit IPHF on evenings or weekends please call to confirm it will be open as the Museum is also a rental venue and there may be private events planned for its use. The Museum appreciates your understanding and apologizes for any inconvenience.

Children under 18 and IPHF Members are always FREE
Admission is FREE on the first Friday of every month in partnership with the Grand Center First Fridays program.
As a Blue Star Museum, the IPHF offers a $2 discount to active duty military personnel and their families and free general admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  Through April 6, 2019
Oraien Catledge: Cabbagetown - For nearly two decades, Oraien Catledge visited the small Atlanta, Georgia community of Cabbagetown photographing its people as they lived in houses, front porches and backyards. The self-taught, visually impaired photographer’s weekly visits and generosity sharing prints endeared him to residents, quickly building their mutual trust. Catledge returned frequently throughout the 80s and early 90s documenting the people of Cabbagetown, creating a vast archive of black and white images. Catledge’s Cabbagetown photographs demonstrate his social consciousness and concern for the people he photographed, but also the strength, determination, and joy of life held by Cabbage-town residents despite the adversity they faced.
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  Through April 6, 2019
Jay Stock: Retrospective: For over 70 years, photographer Jay Stock has documented people of many different cultures and traditions. He created photographic studies of the Amish, Native American tribes, Los Angeles street gangs, coal miners of South Wales, and numerous African tribes. His open, charismatic personality helped him form close relationships with each group he visited, gaining access and bearing witness to the lifestyles and beliefs of the people he photographed. Stock produced a vast and varied series of images that offer an intimate and personal glimpse into lives seldom seen by the outside world.
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Location: The International Photography Hall of Fame is located in downtown St. Louis.
There are several parking garages and lots near the International Photography Hall of Fame. In addition to the parking lots there is metered parking in the area.

GPS Coordinates
N  38  38.193
W 90  13.720

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