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The Southeast Museum of Photography exhibits, collects, preserves, and interprets photography to facilitate teaching and learning at Daytona State College, and enhances the community's understanding and appreciation of culture, history, art and photography.


The Museum is a public resource dedicated to the advancement of the fields of photography and education through multi-disciplinary curriculum service, community education and public programs. The Museum upholds professional museum standards (AAM), and values freedom of intellectual inquiry, diversity, service to the discipline and profession and partnership with our community.

The Southeast Museum of Photography assists Daytona State College in its mission of providing quality, affordable academic, job training and personal enrichment programs to educate and empower individuals and promote economic development.


The Southeast Museum of Photography (SMP) is an independent academic and public-service unit of Daytona State College. The museum opened in 1992 and is one of 13 facilities in the US dedicated exclusively to photography, and one of only a handful of such institutions nationally, that share a scope, reach and depth of collection and activities in this specific field. It is Florida's most comprehensive museum of photography and the largest in the southeast.


SMP is a vibrant museum with an impressive international reputation of leadership for photography exhibitions, publications and educational programming. SMP exhibitions and publications are well known in the field of photography and reach an international audience. The museum serves national audiences for photography and art as well as all local and regional audiences, universities, colleges and schools.

SMP enjoys strong relations with other national and international photographic institutions and has hosted significant exhibitions of world-class photojournalism, fashion and advertising images, contemporary photographic art, thematic exhibitions by most major photographic artists; and the works of such renowned photographers as Andre Kertesz, Paul Strand, Edward Weston, Robert Rauschenberg, Alex Webb, Susan Mieselas, Steve McCurry, Eugene Richards and Paul Fusco. Since 1992, the Museum has presented more than 300 exhibitions; 300 symposia, lectures, or other programs; and published more than 30 monographs or catalogues.


The museum hosts between 2 and 5 unique exhibitions each season, with an average of 12 exhibitions presented over the course of a typical year that ranges from solo, survey, vintage, thematic and various forms of retrospectives. In recent years there has been a considerable increase in the number of exhibitions and programs directly presenting works significant to Florida and/or produced by Florida artists. The museum has also directed more of its curatorial efforts into generating, researching and developing new exhibitions directly. Exhibitions and public programs in photography bring many of the world's most renowned artists and photojournalists to the museum and to Florida.

The goals of museum programs and exhibitions reflect the interdisciplinary mission of the museum. SMP exhibitions explore concepts of culture and the role of the visual in shaping memory, identity and history. Numerous points of entry are set for an audience that lead to a broader appreciation and understanding of the issues examined. One of the museum's principal objectives is to demonstrate photography's role and function as both a means of representation and a tool for individual expression.


The Museum has received significant recognition, including grants from the National Endowment for Humanities, the Florida Humanities Council, the Florida Department of State, the NEA and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Support for exhibitions, artist exchanges, and museum projects has also been received from charitable trusts, foundations and corporate donors as well as from foreign governments.


In 2007, SMP moved to a new contemporary, multi-purpose complex at the main Daytona campus entrance of Daytona State College, directly on International Speedway Boulevard; giving the museum a very high profile in the community on the most-traveled public street. The landmark cultural complex enhances the museum’s ability to serve the community, the region and visitors to the area. It includes increased gallery space (9,000 sq.ft.), and education, workshop and office space, a theatre-style lecture area, seminar rooms (three, combined capacity 120 seats), a public access reference library and photographic resource center, a new museum bookstore, coffee shop and a cinema/screening room (90 seat). Atrium, seminar and banquet/symposium program areas total 30,000 sq. ft.

The new facility is an important community resource and a major addition to the cultural life of Florida. Since it opened in 1992, the museum's full potential as a serious research, collecting and education institution has been limited by inadequate support and program areas. The museum is better equipped to undertake more ambitious curatorial and touring projects, and to host a wider range of large shows from international venues. Exhibits by international photographers and of international themes can be greatly expanded and will become a regular part of the SMP calendar. The larger exhibition halls enable the Museum to offer more temporary exhibits of photography and be able to display more of its permanent collection. Gallery spaces can be flexibly configured for more efficient exhibition installations and de-installations, allowing for a greater depth, range, diversity and frequency of exhibition seasons.

The Museum's Permanent Collection moved to much larger, state-of-the-art storage facility with rigorous environmental and security systems. Flexible and state-of-the art lighting and security system facilitate exhibitions of rare and highly sensitive photographs not previously possible. Dedicated heating and air conditioning systems maintain appropriate environmental parameters for photographic storage and gallery display. New art rooms enable expanded community education programs, workshops, classes, youth programs, after-school activities and other children's programs.

A new photography research and reference center, and a cinema/screening room have been established. Dedicated staging and prep areas will enable museum staff to set up and take down exhibits without disrupting public access. There are expanded in-house production areas for signage, graphics, website production, and marketing and environmentally-controlled crate and shipping areas.


A permanent Advisory Board that is comprised of academic, administrative and community representatives assists the Museum in its mission. There are Advisory Standing committees that assist with planning and program evaluation, long range and strategic planning and related museum activities.

Call the Museum Information Hotline at (386) 506-4475 for more information on the museum or its activities and exhibitions.



The Southeast Museum of Photography is a service of Daytona State College
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. (Building 1200) Daytona Beach, FL, 32114, (386) 506-4475
Free Admission & Parking

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Daytona State College prohibits discrimination and assures equal opportunity in employment and education services to all individuals without regard to age, ancestry, belief, color, disability, ethnicity, genetic information, gender, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, and veteran status. For more details, read our Equal Opportunity Statement or contact: Job B. Clement, Chair of the Equity Committee at 386-506-3403 or 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Fl. 32114.