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International Center for Documentary Arts


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The International Center for Documentary Arts provides photography, videography and media support to 120+ major markets in North America, Europe, and now Asia, with special emphasis on major conference, convention, meeting and exposition documentation. Our experience includes events with up to 100,000+ attendees and exhibitors as well as smaller, more intimate business and association events and everything in between. 

We have 35+ years experience supporting marketing and association conference groups, public relations professionals and media outlets in 24 countries. Our team of nearly 300 photographers provides an unobtrusive shooting style with comprehensive still photography coverage and video/b-roll packages. We offer social media integration to help extend your messaging; real-time digital delivery; headshot lounges; green-screen services; and virtually any other option for the best possible results in support of your event and organizational objectives. 

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While we provide coverage in 120+ locations on 3 continents, our primary conference markets with our largest, award winning teams include: 

  • New York
  • Paris
  • London
  • Barcelona
  • Madrid
  • Stockholm
  • Munich 
  • Berlin
  • Tokyo
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Taipei 
  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • San Francisco
  • Washington
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh 
  • Boston
  • San Diego
  • Orlando
  • Phoenix
  • Las Vegas
  • New Orleans
  • Nashville 
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • San Antonio
  • Seattle
  • Portland
  • Louisville
  • Indianapolis 


Thank you team ICDA! We've held our black tie event for 74 years and in that time we've had quite a few different professional photographers. I am delighted to say your group was not only professional and prompt, but more importantly, they also provided the best candid and formal shots we have ever had done. This year's photography was simply head and shoulders over previous years. We will certainly use ICDA next year for our 75th blowout.

I hope you will consider hiring Michael Buxbaum and Documentary Arts for your meeting. You will not be disappointed. They are so easy to work with, always on time, and deliver great photos in a timely manner. We have utilized their photos in promotions and marketing materials as well as our member newsletter. We have been very happy with their services and are preparing to sign our 4th multi-year contract with them.

“Michael and Alexandra Buxbaum are responsive, reliable and professional. We have very much enjoyed working with them over the years. They capture the important moments from our conference with quality photos and we’re very fortunate to have been able to work with them for the past several conferences.”

“It’s great working with Michael and his team at ICDA. Although we keep them running and have a lot of on-site changes, they never miss an event and the results are fantastic. Whether for use in print or on the web, they capture the full scope of the conference and give us the shots to market future events. ICDA's flexibility gave us the opportunity to provide a last minute head-shot service to our job placement service. We look forward to many more years working with our partners at ICDA....we know they have our back.”

“We’re so pleased with the great photos taken by ICDA for our recent annual meeting. Our meeting is a large affair, spread out over multiple venues, and managing the logistics alone is a challenge. The ICDA team managed that very well, and presented the digital photos to us in well-marked, easily identifiable folders. We plan to use their services again.”

“Michael Buxbaum and the ICDA have worked with us for 10 years and counting. He is excellent to work with and he or his designates document our large conferences in a very profession and unobtrusive way. We are very pleased with the photos and look forward to maintaining our relationship with him and ICDA for years to come.”

“You’ve done it again! This year’s Convention and Trade Show photos are fantastic and you captured our event beautifully. I wouldn’t trust our photography needs to anyone else. You and your team do such a great job of capturing exactly what we need and executing it perfectly onsite. Our sponsors are thrilled with the photographs of their sponsorships and you managed a very busy week of events without missing a beat. I appreciate your flexibility with our onsite changes. Your group was a pleasure to work with. Thank you again for another job well done in Nashville. We look forward to working with you on our shows in San Diego, Phoenix and New Orleans.”

“Thank you so much for joining us at our Annual Meeting! We truly appreciate your professionalism and expertise. The quality of your work is superb, and we can’t thank you enough for that. We look forward to having the opportunity to work with you again on upcoming meetings. Thank you once again for capturing all of the wonderful moments at our meeting!”

"I've been using the Documentary Arts for years now, they work internationally and give me the best prices. My ICDA contact has local staff in each city and I have never been let down, they do excellent work. My contact is Michael Buxbaum and I highly recommend his company, plus you get the bonus of having someone who can always work within your budget each year and understands your needs without having to ask 101 questions for every event (when seeking proposals). Saves a lot of effort and time."

“We are constantly looking for new partners to keep our Congress a state of the art event in the cardiovascular world. This is the first year we have worked with Michael & Alexandra and the staff at the ICDA and I must say that they have gone far beyond our expectations, which is highly appreciated. The photos from our congress in Stockholm look great and all congress aspects have been creatively covered, so we will definitely be able make the most of the images. As of today, I just expect them to book the dates of our next congress!”

“Working with the ICDA for our events each year is a true delight! From the contract phase to the conclusion of our event, Michael and Alexandra are professional, courteous and took care of every detail. Our photographers needed very little direction on-site and are an absolute pleasure to work with. The photographs came out great and I am very pleased with the finished product year after year!”

“Our photos look great! I’m so pleased at how full the rooms look – that is one of our major objectives. There are a lot of great shots that we’ll be able to use in our various materials thanks to the ICDA.”

“Not only is Michael Buxbaum a gifted photographer, he is also consistently prompt and professional. He took our direction seriously and required no supervision to take all of the shots we were looking for and more. his is an essential quality at a large conference like ours where many sessions and events are occurring simultaneously. We received our photos immediately… and were extremely pleased with the result. We are looking forward to using his services again in the future."

“We received our upload and had time to look at the photos this morning. They are very good and I will be able to use many of them in our marketing materials and on the web site. It was a pleasure working with Beth of the ICDA.”

“Michael Buxbaum and his team are top notch professionals in every sense of the word. Michael’s work is high quality and his work ethic is extremely refreshing. No event assignment is too big or too small for the ICDA. They managed to cover every aspect of our conferences with energy and enthusiasm and produce great results.I highly recommend the International Center for Documentary Arts for photography services for any event.”

"Our photographers captured just the right images from our conference – showing engaged attendees, dynamic speakers, networking moments, fun social events. They are a professional, hard-working team, with great ideas. The ICDA is a delight to work with!”

“I appreciate how easy Michael and Alexandra of the ICDA are to work with – both pre-show with assigning their local coverage teams and onsite during our conferences and meetings. It’s always was a bit of an unknown bringing in different local teams for so many events around the country. But in this case, with the ICDA, I don’t have to worry about the job getting done – regardless of city – and that makes my life a lot easier. I can then focus my attention on other aspects of our events knowing the ICDA is getting the job done.”

“Michael Buxbaum and the International Center for Documentary Arts were a pleasure to work with on our recent conference in Chicago. We received rush photos throughout each day and were able to easily post great shots onto our conference webpage and corporate Facebook page. We now have more usable photos from our event than we have ever had in the past. This makes promoting our next events easy. Our attendees were very happy with the photos and the ability to immediately download online during the event. Thank you ICDA for your professionalism, your high-tech offering and your amazingly fast turnaround!”

“Alexandra and her group in Prague captured all our key moments unobtrusively and were professional to work with during our International Congress. They very speedily uploaded the entire events images onto our website making so easy for our staff and delegates to view photos quickly and incorporate to social media. I appreciate their excellent support of our event and look forward to using their services for our next Congress events in London and Paris.”

“The ICDA photographs were great, and we are using many of them for our current project. We also hope to use many of the other images for our future marketing needs, as they turned out very suitable for a number of uses. We were able to get all the photos we had wanted and then many, many more on top of that, so we thanks to the ICDA for helping us out. We appreciate their cooperation with all the last-minute details and quick turnaround time. We will certainly use them for our future photography needs.”

"It was a pleasure to work with the ICDA team. They were very professional and easy to communicate with during our large event which took place at multiple venues in Barcelona, Spain. The technical secretariat of the Congress highly recommends them for your next conference. Many thanks to Michael and his team in Spain – We hope to see them all again very soon!"

“We were very pleased with the photos the ICDA provided. I overheard quite a few compliments from our staff saying that the breadth and quality of photos was superb. It was a pleasure working with the ICDA team on our most important event of the year and hopefully we can do business again for our next event.”

“The International Center for Documentary Arts truly captured the look and feel of our large-scale conference and, amazingly, made it seem very intimate. The professionalism of the staff and the amazing quality of the photos is unmatched. Our association will definitely be using them again.”

“Michael and Alexandra from the International Center for Documentary Arts have built an international dream team! They are hardworking professionals that deliver great results for all of our events in Europe and America. Their team managers and photojournalists are pleasant and efficient to work with and have a keen eye for making us look great! “We have used their services for food and beverage marketing, interior space and design promotion and generating traffic and attendance. They go out of their way working with you to deliver perfection”

“Michael and his staff were very professional and easy to work with. They captured all the moments that are unique to my organization’s Annual meeting, and our membership loves seeing all the photos taken. It was great doing business with ICDA.”

“The event was a huge success and we are so glad that we have such great photos to document our efforts. Thanks so much again for all your help with our conference – Your photographer did a great job and it was a pleasure working with her.”

“Working with the International Center for Documentary Arts is always a great experience. Their professionalism and expertise allow my staff and me the freedom to concentrate on the details. We know that they will capture all of the essential elements of our events, plus they always see to it that we receive photos in a timely manner...A great company to work with!”

“I am just looking at the incredible booth photos your team shot in support of the exhibitor group. You and team are amazing! I am suggesting to the marketing director that she have your hosting site up on a laptop in the sales office so that dealers can see photos. This is a fabulous service. Thanks so much for working with us. It has been great working with everyone at the ICDA. I am quite happy to recommend your services to other Marketing Managers and Account Executives who handle photography needs...”

“Having the International Center for Documentary Arts document our show was a wonderful treat. The photojournalists were very professional and the images captured were spectacular. During the planning process, Michael and his team accommodated a fluid schedule and answered all of my questions patiently and knowledgeably. Additionally, the price was right!! We thank the ICDA for such a great service!”

“The International Center for Documentary Arts was a pleasure to work with. Their photographs were exactly the kind of documentation of our event that we were looking for. From the first time I spoke with the International Center for Documentary Arts to the day of our event, Alexandra, and her staff, were receptive, flexible, prompt and reliable.”

“The ICDA captured the essence of our large conference in an organized, unobtrusive manner while maintaining the highest quality of photography and professionalism. I look forward to using them again for our conferences photographic needs”

“From our Media and Public Relations professionals to our board members, everyone commented on how easy their service was to work with and how they provided photographs that we were to able use for on-site media, and in the future, because of the high quality and great results of their offering.”

“The International Center for Documentary Arts, provided excellent and professional photography for our Conference. Their photographic coverage and professionalism was lauded by everyone involved with the conference.”




Michael Buxbaum
Tel: 312-226-5902


Michael Buxbaum
Tel: 312-226-5902