Top Photography Galleries

March 05, 2012 | Pursuits

Aperture Foundation Gallery
The not-for-profit Aperture Foundation, founded by photographers Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Barbara Morgan, and Minor White, and its gallery—which toasts its 60th anniversary this October—has been home to past exhibits such as “Bruce Davidson: Subway,” and a limited-edition program featuring prints from Annie Leibovitz and Edward Steichen. “Our space not only serves as a gallery and exhibition venue but as a place of engagement and connection for the photographic community,” says director of limited-edition photographs Kellie McLaughlin. 547 W. 27th St., Fourth Fl., 212-505-5555

Howard Greenberg Gallery
Susan Sarandon, Ralph Fiennes, and Katherine Waterston are among the fans of this gallery, which emerged out of founder and chief curator Howard Greenberg’s small nonprofit school and Photofind gallery in Woodstock, New York. Although he is now opening its doors to more contemporary works, Greenberg is most interested in representing artists with traditional or classical viewpoints such as Berenice Abbott, William Klein, and André Kertész. “I’ve always liked photography rooted in work that combines craft and vision,” Greenberg says. “I’m very interested in the history of it.” 41 E. 57th St., Ste. 1406, 212-334-0010;

Marian Goodman Gallery
Marian Goodman Gallery is best known for introducing international artists to a New York audience,” says Karina Daskalov, a director at the gallery. Over the past two years, the gallery’s photographers—including Steve McQueen, Jeff Wall, and Francesca Woodman, whose works light up the Guggenheim beginning March 16—have also shown at MOMA, the Whitney, and the Met. 24 W. 57th St., 212-977-7160

Staley-Wise Gallery
Photographs from Cecil Beaton, David LaChapelle, and Herb Ritts adorn the walls of this Soho gallery, opened by Taki Wise and Etheleen Staley in 1981. “We had both come from the fashion photography field as stylists and editors, and the commercial and editorial work [we encountered] was equal to the work that was being shown as artwork,” says Wise. Showcasing fashion photography, nudes, and celebrity portraits as works of fine art, past exhibitions have included the many faces of Marilyn Monroe and the connections between music and fashion from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. 560 Broadway, 212-966-6223;

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