Charles Harbutt’s images are widely collected and exhibited at (among others) the Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago, and at the Beaubourg, the Bibliotheque Nationale and the Maison Europeene de la Photographie in Paris. He is represented in New York by the Laurence Miller Gallery. In 1997, his negatives, master prints & archives were acquired for the collection of the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Ariz. He mounted a large traveling exhibition of his work at the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City in December 2000. Recently, he has a large solo exhibition at Perpignan (2004), New York (2006) and Manila (2008).
Two books and one monograph have been published of his work: Progreso: Navarin Editeur, Paris, 1986 (English edition: Actuality Inc., NYC, 1987), Charles Harbutt: I Grandi Fotografi: Editoriale Fabbri, Milan, Italy: 1983, and Travelog: MIT Press, Cambridge, 1974 which received the Arles award: Best Photographic Book of 1974.
He has been guest artist for a year each at the Rhode Island School of Design, MIT and the Art Institute of Chicago and taught at Cooper Union, Parsons, Pratt Institute, Bard College and in numerous workshops here and abroad. In 1993, he was appointed an associate professor at Parsons, the New School for Design.
For the first twenty years of his photographic life, Charles Harbutt was a photojournalist, working mostly through Magnum Photos (of which he was twice president) for magazines in Europe, Japan and the United States. Since 1980, he has pursued more personal interests, an extension of the boundaries of journalism into the realm of the everyday, as well as the exceptional.