International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum

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International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (IPHF)
Formation 1965 as the Photographic Art & Science Foundation
  • 3415 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103
Coordinates 38°38′13″N 90°13′44″W / 38.636997°N 90.228894°W / 38.636997; -90.228894
Leadership John Wm Nagel, Exec. Director

The “International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum (IPHF)” is a hall of fame and photography museum located at 3415 Olive Street (63103) in Grand Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

The International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum preserves, promotes and educates about aspects of the history of photography. It does this by inducting key photographers or innovators who have made notable contribution to the art or science of photography, by promoting scholarly research into their work and achievements and collection, preservation and display of related artifacts.

The IPHF also exhibits prints and antique cameras from the permanent collection, and hosts special exhibitions focusing on the art and science of photography. Educational outreach is conducted through the IPHF quarterly journal, which highlights one Hall of Fame Inductee in each publication, along with articles relating to special exhibitions and the permanent collection.


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 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 chose to exhibit the growing collection. The original Photography Hall of Fame opened in 1977 as part of the University Museums at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California.

On July 15, 1983, the International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum moved its collection from the Brooks Institute to the Kirkpatrick Center in Oklahoma City. Since first opening the doors on the Hall of Fame has traced the art, history and technology of image making. Today over 500 artists and several thousand photographs represent the Hall of Fame’s permanent collection.

In 2013, the International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum moved [1] once again to St. Louis, Missouri. The museum is currently under construction with design and development help from the The Lawrence Group. IPHF plans to open to the general public in August 2013.


The collection of the International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum contains more than 30,000 images and 6,000 camera.

The Photographic Equipment collection encompasses a variety of cameras, darkroom and studio equipment. The IPHF’s collection of 6,000+ cameras and artifacts highlights the development of photography. Notable items include a wide range of Graflex, Kodak and Polaroid cameras.

There are some exceptional 19th century photographic toys and viewers in the IPHF equipment collections: Magic Lanterns, a Praxinoscope Theatre, and an Edison Projecting Kinetoscope.

The Photographic Image collection consists largely of late 20th century images donated by the photographers who created them. Many of these donors are/were members of various professional photographic organizations such as the American Society of Photographers and Professional Photographers of America.

Pieces in this collection include images by the following photographers: Ansel Adams, Jim Alinder, Ruth Bernhard, Margaret Bourke-White, Ernest Brooks II, Oraien Catledge, Harold Edgerton, Harold Ellickson, Adolph Fassbender, Ernst Haas, Jason Hailey, George W. Harris, Yousef Karsh, Dorothea Lange, Eadweard Muybridge, Nicholas Orzio, Sebastiao Salgado, and William Speer.

The IPHF library encompasses a wide variety of photographic memorabilia from historic manuals on processes and techniques to monographs on numerous photographers. There are numerous mid to late 20th century photography periodicals represented in the collection including a full run of “Life Magazine” from its introduction in 1936 until it ceased publication in 1972.

St. Louis Community[edit]

The International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum is one of the newest residents of Grand Center in Midtown St. Louis. Other local arts and entertainment venues including the Fox Theatre, Powell Symphony Hall, The Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and the Sheldon Concert Hall, and galleries.

St. Louis colleges and universities that offer accredited photography programs include:

St. Louis is also home to:

  • The St. Louis Camera Club,[2] one of the largest camera clubs in the nation
  • A vital commercial photography climate
  • The Saint Louis Art Museum, with dedicated interest in photography and a photography “Collectors Circle” associated with its membership
  • Many private and public collections of photography
  • The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts which champions excellence in photojournalism and art

Hall of Fame Inductees[edit]

The hallmark of the International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum is the Hall of Fame where the pioneers and innovators of photography can be recognized and honored. IPHF is the only organization world-wide with this specific objective.

In alphabetical order


  1. ^ relocated
  2. ^ "Home page". St. Louis Camera Club. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 

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