Today I visited the Houston Center for Photography (HCP) in Houston, Texas.
Founded in 1981, HCP offers year-round photography exhibitions, workshops, publications, outreach programs, lectures, classes, an on-site library and a state-of-the-art digital darkroom. HCP has shown the work of from some of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century, in addition to the work of many emerging photographers who have gone on to artistic success. It is one of only a handful of nonprofit spaces in the United States that is committed to showcasing great new photography. HCP’s mission is to increase understanding and appreciation of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture.
I enjoyed the current exhibition and the time I spent at the John Cleary Library. The library houses more than 3,800 books on photography and related subjects, including monographs, surveys, exhibition catalogs, instructional books, periodicals, and self-published artist books. There I also got to go through current and past issues of HCP’s spot magazine which features award-winning commentary on photography and photo-based art exhibitions in Texas, the United States, and abroad.
I recommend that you visit the HCP, if you happen to be in Houston. The facility is always free and open to the public.