Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
Third Floor
Room 308
New York, NY 10018
Fully Accessible
Open today
1 PM–5:45 PM
Photography Collection
Day Date Hours
Monday 10/10 CLOSED
Tuesday 10/11 1 PM–5:45 PM
Wednesday 10/12 1 PM–5:45 PM
Thursday 10/6 1 PM–5:45 PM
Friday 10/7 1 PM–5:45 PM
Saturday 10/8 1 PM–5:45 PM
Sunday 10/9 CLOSED

About the Division

Black and white photo of group of people looking up at sky.

The Photography Collection was created in 1980, when images culled from other NYPL departments and branches were brought together to form a new division that now comprises approximately 500,000 photographs by 6,000 photographers. The Photography Collection encompasses the broadest range of the medium, including images made for commercial, industrial, and scientific application as well as images for the press and other print media, the vernacular of amateur snapshot photography and original works intended for exhibition and/or the art market. You can access the collection remotely using the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.

New Exhibition! Fortune and Folly in 1720

Fortune and Folly in 1720 title treatment and Fortuna scattering paper

September 23, 2022–February 19, 2023 

Fortune and Folly in 1720 chronicles the spectacular rise and fall of the first international bubble economy. The Mississippi and South Sea Bubbles, which spawned the invention of French banknotes as well as joint-stock companies built on fantasies of New World trade, imposed on everyday Europeans a crash course in new financial products. In turn, a bubbling print market relentlessly caricatured the meltdown, offering viewers an entertaining primer on the otherwise bewildering realities of modern economic life. Learn more.

Visiting the Collection

Can researchers walk in to access the collection?
No. To book an appointment to visit the Photography Collection in Room 308, please email us at

Are research appointments required to access the collection onsite?
Yes. While an appointment is required to access the Photography Collection, patrons are welcome to walk in without an appointment to consult a Specialist during reading room hours.

Are virtual consultations available and are they required before making an onsite research appointment?
Virtual consultations are available for researchers who wish to discuss their research plans. Email us at to arrange a time to speak. 

Who can researchers contact with further questions?
Please email us at with any additional queries.


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