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John Cleary

John Cleary Library

Houston Center for Photography’s John Cleary Library is home to more than 3,000 books on photography and related subjects. Originally, the library primarily housed books that were reviewed in HCP’s SPOT magazine but it has grown to be a comprehensive reference library on photography; it includes monographs, surveys, exhibition catalogs, instructional books, periodicals, and self-published artist books. Its home in HCP’s Learning Center is a comfortable place where all are welcome to enjoy photography in book form and share John Cleary’s passion for photography. The library is open to the public during HCP gallery hours and by appointment.

Browse the library collection in our profile at

HCP’s John Cleary Library contains:
- Photographic monographs
- Self-published artist books
- Exhibition catalogs from all over the world
- “How to” instructional guides
- Select periodicals

Monetary and in-kind gifts are welcome to help HCP maintain the John Cleary Library.
Current areas of needed development include:
-Critical theory books
-Contemporary monographs
-Periodical subscriptions

If you would like to donate an in-kind gift, please check the comprehensive wish list and the current library holdings. Signed books are discouraged.

Donations can be made to the attention of the “John Cleary Library Fund at Houston Center for Photography.”
Personal checks, MasterCard, Visa, and AmericanExpress are accepted.
Gifts are restricted to the John Cleary Library.
All gifts are tax-deductible; donors will receive receipts for tax purposes.

John Cleary (1937-2008)

Photography collector and dealer John Cleary fostered photographic connoisseurship in Houston. A spirited, self-educated specialist on the subject, John served as a mentor to many, including the Houston Center for Photography. His gallery on Colquitt Street was a renowned Houston institution known for its focus on celebrated vintage work as well as timeless contemporary photographs. John’s legacy includes more than 1,200 images of children (known as his “Kid Collection”) and several thousand books on photography.



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