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
International Photography Hall of Fame
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 July 6, 2019
40th Year Anniversary:
Nanjing-St. Louis Sister City: Retrospective:
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Nanjing-St.
Louis Sister City collaboration the International
Photography Hall of Fame presents 40th Year Anniversary:
Nanjing-St. Louis Sister City: Retrospective. This
exhibition will bring together images of Nanjing, China, a
city both rich in history and vibrantly modern..
For more information
Location: The International Photography Hall of Fame is located in downtown
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.
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