Center for Creative Photography, Tucson

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The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, is recognized as one of the world's finest academic art museums and study centers for the history of photography. The Center opened in 1975, following a meeting between the University President John Schaefer and Ansel Adams. Beginning with the archives of five living master photographers—Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Frederick Sommer—the collection has grown to include 239 archival collections, and more than 90,000 works by over 2,200 photographers. Visit creativephotography.org to learn more about this unique institution.
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  • The museum's gallery shows a minuscule part of the Center's archive. I had never heard of one of the original CCP photographers, Harry Callahan, until I visited here. (They had a presentation about hi...  more »
  • This place has an extensive collection of photographic art from many artist. It is worth dropping by and spending an hour or two going through their collection. If you like photography then this is a ...  more »
  • Great variety of photographs displayed at the University of Arizona. Parking in one of the parking garages is your best bet.  more »
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  • My first time visiting the Center For Creative Photography, I stumbled in because I Am a photographer who studied photography and I normally try to see all photo exhibits. That day was an exhibit on still life images. About two rooms in I realized that I was looking at photographs by Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Stieglitz; original prints of most all of the "fathers of modern photography". I hope people realize this is one of the top photo museums in the world. I also hope people realize this museum is completely free. HONESTLY, ITS FREE AND HAS A BETTER COLLECTION THAN I HAVE PERSONALLY SEEN AT ANY OF THE BIGGEST MUSEUMS IN NEW YORK OR LA! Go see it. Another one of the world class secrets in Tucson. Also, you can set appointments to see their private collection.
  • Museum was open, but nothing available to view. Web site could have disclosed this. Woman working at desk was totally clueless. For a facility of their self-proclaimed stature, very bad practice. Booooo.
  • The collection is impressive, and contains works from many of the most important photographers. I always enjoy a visit here. I expect it will become even better as James, from the art museum next door, is now the director.
  • Free admission and close to some great places for lunch. Not an all day event by any means, yet a great add on to any trip near the University
  • Enjoyed the current exhibit which included photos by Ansel Adams. The exhibit is perfectly small and well-curated. I enjoyed the artifact drawers where you can find letters written by the artists as well as objects used in their photography. Well worth the visit.

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