About

Preserving the past.

Fostering the future.

Since 1965.

The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum honors those who have made great contributions to the field of photography and preserves historic photographs and cameras to share with the world.
The museum houses 6,000-square-feet of gallery and exhibition space in the Grand Center area of St. Louis, one of the country’s densest cultural districts. Inside, a permanent tribute to the Hall of Fame Inductees stands alongside rotating exhibits from IPHF and partner collections.

To educate the public about photographic history; collect, exhibit and preserve historical items and images; and honor significant contributors to the evolution of the art and science of photographic imaging.

The IPHF Team

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Patty Wente

Executive Director 314-479-2698 patty.wente@iphf.org

Amanda Carvalho

Director of Operations and Admissions amanda.carvalho@iphf.org

Stephen Bruns

Graphic Design and Social Media Director

Michael Daft

Associate Curator

Elizabeth Eikmann

Public Relations Associate

Jessica Klearman

Greeter

Don McKenna

Lead Curator

Derek Powers

Greeter

Ken Konchel

Greeter

Richard Sprengeler

Associate Curator

Lauren Schultz

Greeter

Kathy Smothers

Greeter

Carl Valle

Associate Curator

A celebrated board of leaders passionate about preserving and honoring the art of photography.

Anna Harris

St. Louis, MO / President

Dick Miles

St. Louis, MO/ Vice President

Scott Kurkian

Atlanta, GA/ Treasurer

G. Robert Bishop

St. Louis, MO / Secretary

Mark Botterman

St. Louis, MO

Ken Kranzberg

St. Louis, MO

Jill McGuire

St. Louis, MO

Pat Sly

St. Louis, MO

Steve Smith

St. Louis, MO

David Steward Jr.

St. Louis, MO

Blanche Touhill

St. Louis, MO

Michael Weisbrod

St. Louis, MO

Kathryn Wood

St. Louis, MO

Bill Carrier

Memphis, TN/ Emeritus Representative

When the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) association created the Photographic Art and Science Foundation, their largest goal was promoting the history of art and industry. In 1965, that mission led the Foundation to establish a permanent dedication to recognize historic photographers and inventors. In 1977, the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum was created.

  • 1965
  • The Photographic Arts and Sciences Foundation (PASF) is born. The next decade focused on adding to a growing collection of historic prints, cameras and equipment.
  • 1977
  • The International Photography Hall of Fame (IPHF) doors first open in Santa Barbara, California – as part University Museums at the Brooks Institute of Photography.
  • 1983
  • The IPHF relocates to the Kirkpatrick Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • 2013
  • After the IPHF’s largest capital campaign to date, a new museum opens in the Grand Center Arts District in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Today
  • The IPHF mission continues sharing the art of photography, with thousands of photographs from more than 500 artists in a permanent collection.
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As part of the international efforts behind IPHF, the Sister City Collaborative is bridges culture between sister cities, St. Louis, Missouri, and Nanjing, China. Tim Hermann, CEO, board chairman and owner of Collins&Hermann, has been the greatest influence on establishing this cultural exchange. He lives most of the year in Shenzhen, China, and pushed for the creation of an outreach program. With collaboration from St. Louis World Trade Center and the Nanjing office of Sister Cities, IPHF is now able to host groups to explore St. Louis and learn more about the city through the lens of photography.

 

Special thanks to sponsors of the Sister City Collaborative,

Anna Harris, Joseph Trad, Tim Hermann, Jay Nathanson, the Kranzberg Gallery and these generous organizations