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Center for Creative Photography


Known as the CCP and located on the University of Arizona campus, the world renowned institution is known as being the premier academic art museum. It’s been in operation since 1975 and is a collaboration between the university’s president at the time, John Schaefer and Ansel Adams. What began as a small center featuring five master photographers, Adams included, has grown to showcase 239 incredible collections.

Here, you’ll find the works of W. Eugene Smith, Edward Weston, Lola Alvarez Bravo and many more. With more than five million objects, from negatives to correspondence and plenty of work prints, it will take days for photography lovers to truly immerse themselves in the full CCP experience. At the moment, more than 2,200 photographers are featured and over 90,000 works.

Planning Your Trip

Visit the library and explore a variety of rare publications and catalogues. A full oral history is a welcome addition to the collections of fine prints. It’s a one of a kind destination for all art lovers, and photographers in particular flock to Tucson to explore the CCP. The center has succeeded in snagging the title of best research collection for American photography and is a hub of dialogue and learning.

Located at 1030 N. Olive Road, parking is adjacent and plentiful. Hours are Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1 – 4 p.m. The CCP is closed Sundays, Mondays and many holidays. Check the website to help plan your visit and see what special events and collections are available during your stay in Tucson.


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