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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 has roots going back to 1979, when the Daytona State College (then Daytona Beach Community College) Photography Department created a Gallery of Fine Arts on campus. Dorthea Lange: A Collection of Photographs was the inaugural exhibition, and it was followed by nearly 150 exhibitions between 1979 and 1991, featuring photographers such as Robert Frank, Mary Ellen Mark, Lee Freidlander, Duane Michals, and Ruth Bernard. The gallery acquired its first photograph in 1981 when internationally renowned photographic artist Jerry Uelsmann donated one of his images. This was followed by gifts from other artists. A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and gifts from noted collectors spurred the Gallery’s budding collection, and in 1992, the Southeast Museum of Photography (SMP) officially opened its doors. SMP is now one of only 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. As an independent academic and public-service unit of Daytona State College, 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. The Museum serves national audiences for art and photography as well as all local and regional audiences, including area 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, with thematic exhibitions by most major photographic artists; including renowned photographers such as Andre Kertesz, Gordon Parks, Paul Strand, Barbara Morgan, Edward Weston, Robert Rauschenberg, Alex Webb, Susan Mieselas, Steve McCurry, and Paul Fusco. Since 1992, the Museum has presented nearly 300 exhibitions, symposia, lectures, and other programs and published more than 40 monographs or catalogues.


The Museum hosts between two and five unique exhibitions each season, with an average of 12 exhibitions presented over the course of a typical year ranging from solo, survey, vintage, thematic and various forms of retrospectives. In recent years there has been greater emphasis on presenting exhibitions and programs directly related 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. Exhibitions and public programs in photography bring many of the world's most renowned artists and photojournalists to the Museum and to Florida each year.

The goals of SMP programs and exhibitions reflect the interdisciplinary mission of the Museum and 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.

The museum also relies on support from patrons and donations are welcome. For more information on ways you can help support the Museum, click here.


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 high profile in the community on one of the most-traveled public streets. 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.), a public access reference library and photographic resource center, a museum bookstore and a cinema/screening room. This new facility is housed in a shared facility for the Mori Hosseini College for Hospitality Management, which includes shared atrium, seminar and banquet/symposium program areas and convenient access to a coffee shop and Café 101, a student run teaching-restaurant on site.

This new facility is an important community resource and a major addition to the cultural life of Florida. The Museum is better equipped to undertake more ambitious curatorial and touring projects and host a wider range of exhibitions. The larger exhibition halls further enable the Museum to offer more temporary exhibits of photography and display more of its permanent collection. Gallery spaces can be flexibly configured for more efficient exhibition installations and de-installations, allowing for greater depth, range, diversity and frequency of exhibition seasons.

The Museum's Permanent Collection is also housed in an expanded storage facility with rigorous environmental and security systems. Dedicated heating and air conditioning systems maintain appropriate environmental parameters for photographic storage and gallery display. In addition, state-of-the art lighting and security systems facilitate exhibitions of rare and highly sensitive photographs not previously possible.


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.



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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Exhibitions and programs at the Southeast Museum of Photography are supported in part by Daytona State College, Volusia ECHO and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on the Arts.

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: Lonnie Thompson, Chair of the Equity Committee at 386-506-3403 or 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Fl. 32114.