International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum

The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum has undergone many transformations. First finding a home base in Santa Barbara, then in Oklahoma City, and now in St. Louis, the museum’s renewed focus has been on the photography community and frequent exhibitions. While visiting, your attention may be piqued not only by the rotation of stunning photography on view, but by the array of intricate cameras on display, or programming that includes artist talks and events.

Last year, music legend Kenny Rogers—who is also a celebrated photographer—visited St. Louis to receive a lifetime-achievement award from the organization, and famous photographers including William Eggleston, Anne Geddes and Cindy Sherman were also inducted into the Hall of Fame. Visitors will also discover that Steve Jobs is an inductee, which may seem like a quirky choice until contextualized. “His most profound contribution to the artistic community is the iPhone, which, in less than a decade, has changed both the art of photography and the industry around it,” the organization reflects. As CEO and president Patty Wente says, “Everyone’s a photographer now.”

Visiting the organization’s 6,000 square feet of exhibition space could happily fill an afternoon, seeing the world through a beautifully curated view.

This story originally appeared in GUIDED: Saint Louis Exploring Midtown. Read the full issue.
Photo by Carmen Troesser.

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