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Center for Creative Photography, Tucson

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
3.9/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
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 to learn more about this unique institution.
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  • This museum/gallery is small but of very high quality worth the trip when combined with the universities art museum across the street. Use the covered university parking garage about a city block away...  read more »
  • I was in town and decided to drive 1/2 hour each way to check out the CCP. Nice works displayed by Ansel Strange and some others. Some History of the acquisition of Ansel' work is given as other inter...  read more »
  • Being photography buffs and former members of NY ICP, the Center has been on our bucket list for a loooong time. We were able to see a nice exhibit "The Lives Of Pictures: Forty Years Of Collecting At...  read more »
  • 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.
  • It was fun to visit. I can't say it was worth my time due to the exhibit. They had some 70s graphic images printed on magazine pages displayed. I kinda disagree it is photography. Art 'maybe! Photography is kind of cut and dry.... simple if you may. This is what makes appreciating it so fun. Most of the images were very lewd. Art can be so at times. The experience is very subjective first and thus I was slightly offended for 2 reasons. First, (oddly) this is not photography.... second, these were traditionally printed on magazine ads that may have been left in doctors offices in the 70s and children may have handled the books. Otherwise, I get the artist's point and agree with his point of view. I'm not trying to review the exhibit here as much as I'm trying to say.... Why on earth did I not see more photography? Poor choice! Wasted my journey down to see this. I guess in this case, the journey was the reward. The destination sucked. Clean your act up guys! Even if you had nude people in photography, I could clearly appreciate that much more.
  • Nice building an museum
  • OMG..... if you love photography you have to go there!!!!!!
  • I agree with Will.. in 8 years ago, hasn't changed a bit.
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