Museum of Contemporary Photography


This small museum focuses on American and international photography from the early 20th century onward, and is the only institution of its kind between the coasts. The permanent collection includes the works of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Harry Callahan, Sally Mann, Victor Skrebneski, Catherine Wagner and 500 more of the best photographers working today. Special exhibitions (also free) augment the rotating permanent collection.

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2. Mergenthaler Lofts

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3. Harold Washington Library Center

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4. Pontiac Building

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5. Second Franklin Building

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6. Dearborn Station

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7. Santa Fe Building

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8. Buckingham Fountain


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