Venue for the Architecture Film Festival TUCSON 2019

CCP main hall and The Heritage gallery

CCP main hall and The Heritage gallery

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 270 archival collections. Among these are some of the most recognizable names in 20th century North American photography: W. Eugene Smith, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Edward Weston, and Garry Winogrand. Altogether there are over eight million archival objects in the Center's collection including negatives, work prints, contact sheets, albums, scrapbooks, correspondence, writings, audiovisual materials and memorabilia. In addition to whole archival collections the Center also actively acquires individual photographs by modern and contemporary photographers. There are currently more than 90,000 works by over 2,200 photographers. A library of books, journals, and exhibition and auction catalogs including many rare publications plus an extensive oral history collection complements the archival and fine print collections. The combined art, archival, and research collections at the Center provide an unparalleled resource for research, exhibitions, loans, and traveling exhibitions.  

Deanna Dillard, Director’s Office, Center for Creative Photography

Kathy McLean, Facilities Manager, Center for Creative Photography

Anne Breckenridge Barrett, Director UA Center For Creative Photography


Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, 1030 N. Olive Rd. Tucson, AZ 85721

Current Exhibition

Avedon: Relationships Closing May 15, 2019

Richard Avedon: Relationships presents eighty portrait and fashion photographs including examples of Avedon’s large-scale prints. The exhibition will explore three kinds of “relationships” in Avedon’s life and work: the interactions between the figures within the frame, the partnerships Avedon formed with longstanding subjects, and the relationship between Richard Avedon and the Center for Creative Photography.

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