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The Houston Center for Photography is an organization dedicated to the art of photography. Starting in 1981 as a small visual artists' organization, HCP has grown to become an exemplary fine art organization. The Center's exhibition gallery bears some of the finest works of contemporary photography. HCP also offers over 300 photography classes and workshops year-round. Varying in competency levels, these classes are all taught by a variety of noted and notable photographers and lecturers. The facility has earned an international reputation of hosting exhibits for current and relevant work that has helped define the state of photography today. Guided tours of HCP's exhibitions are available for schools and large groups during Gallery Hours.


  • The Houston Center for Photography

Founded in 1981, HCP's mission is to increase society's understanding and appreciation of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture. HCP strives to encourage artists, build audiences, stimulate dialogue, and promote inquiry about photography and related media through education, exhibitions, publications, fellowship programs, and community collaboration.

One of the most compelling benefits of the Houston Center for Photography is its Learning Center. Offering more than 300 workshops to the public each year, The Learning Center strives to provide cutting-edge training and information to learn everything from the bare bones basics to advanced photographic techniques. Workshops both on-site and in the field offer Certificates of Completion based on workflow and creativity. Following the courses, students learn to capture, edit, process, and present photographs while increasing their skills along the way. From youth programs to Master Classes taught by world-renowned photographers, there is always something to learn.
The Houston Center for Photography's  outreach progams include a vanguard effort in cooperation with the Texas Children's Hospital as part of its Arts in Medicine program."Picture This" is a program that works with in-patient and out-patient children on short-term projects, often incorporating family members in the creative process. Most employ digital photography. Work creFounded in 1981, HCP's mission is to increase society's understanding and appreciation of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture. HCP strives to encourage artists, build audiences, stimulate dialogue, and promote inquiry about photography and related media through education, exhibitions, publications, fellowship programs, and community collaboration.

One of the most compelling benefits of the Houston Center for Photography is its Learning Center. Offering more than 300 workshops to the public each year, The Learning Center strives to provide cutting-edge training and information to learn everything from the bare bones basics to advanced photographic techniques. Workshops both on-site and in the field offer Certificates of Completion based on workflow and creativity. Following the courses, students learn to capture, edit, process, and present photographs while increasing their skills along the way. From youth programs to Master Classes taught by world-renowned photographers, there is always something to learn.
The Houston Center for Photography's  outreach progams include a vanguard effort in cooperation with the Texas Children's Hospital as part of its Arts in Medicine program."Picture This" is a program that works with in-patient and out-patient children on short-term projects, often incorporating family members in the creative process. Most employ digital photography. Work created by the children is shown in an annual exhibition at the HCP galleries. The children are then given private tours of the exhibition, allowing them to see and experience their work outside the hospital in a gallery setting. Another program, “Flash Drive', will provide hands-on, memorable experiences for participants, and will be offered to community centers, senior citizen centers, other health care facilities and special cultural events throughout the city.

HCP also has a well-established intern program, providing interns with work experience. Interns will assist in the planning and execution of several exhibitions and events, featuring the work of celebrated photographers from around the world. Internship can be in an education focus, administratin and marketing, publications or exhibitions.

The Houston Center for Photography also publishes a periodical, called Spot, twice a year, that features award-winning commentary on photography and photo-based art exhibitions in Texas, the US, and abroad.  Spot is mailed to its individual and institutional members, and distributed for free to colleague institutions for an average readership of 5,000. Spot's archive is one of the sources preserving the history of the early south west regional photography scene.ated by the children is shown in an annual exhibition at the HCP galleries. The children are then given private tours of the exhibition, allowing them to see and experience their work outside the hospital in a gallery setting.

"About." Houston Center for Photography. Accessed March 31, 2015. http://www.hcponline.org/about.