The coastal city of Daytona Beach often gets a bad rap for lacking culture. Spring breakers, NASCAR, and bikers are the typical images that come to mind when you say “Daytona.”

But there is one place where you can find images of a different kind – the Southeast Museum of Photography on the campus of Daytona State College.

Housed in the Mori Hosseini Center since 2007, the modern 2-story space holds a number of special exhibitions each year and has a permanent collection of more than 3,500 works by widely-respected photographers.

As one of only 13 facilities in the United States dedicated exclusively to photography, it is the largest of its kind in the southeast and attracts photographic artists from around the world.

In recent years, there has been greater emphasis on presenting exhibitions and programs directly related to Florida.

A small gift shop carries books by some of the world’s best contemporary photographers and offers items related to many of the featured exhibits.

The Southeast Museum of Photography is free and normally open 7 days a week. However, be sure to do some research before going. Hours can vary during holidays and special events.