About Filter Photo

Filter Photo is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Chicago, Illinois.

Filter Photo’s mission is two-fold: first, to serve and support the photographic communities of Chicago and the Midwest; and second, to highlight Chicago as a vital center of the national photographic community.

Since 2009 Filter Photo has organized the annual Filter Photo Festival, a multiday celebration of photography that includes workshops, lectures, exhibition receptions, artist talks, and other diverse programming. A primary component of the Festival is the portfolio reviews, through which photographers are able to connect with national and international curators, gallery directors, editors, and other elite professionals.

In 2015 Filter Photo opened Filter Space, a permanent gallery and project space located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood at 1821 West Hubbard Street, Suite 207. Filter Space hosts regular social, educational, and professional development activities, including exhibitions, workshops, and lectures.

Filter Festival Staff

  • Sarah Hadley

  • Executive Director // sarah@filterfestival.com

  • James Pepper Kelly

  • Managing Director // pepper@filterfestival.com

  • Erin Hoyt

  • Director of Operations // erin@filterfestival.com

  • Tanner Young

  • Social Media Coordinator // tanner@filterfestival.com


  • Eric Newman

  • Legal Counsel

Board of Directors

Dirk Fletcher | President
Maggie Meiners | Secretary
Erin Hoyt | Treasurer
Doug Fogelson
Peter Fitzpatrick
Jeff Curto

Advisory Committee

Jane Fulton Alt
Jessica Tampas
Judy Natal
Aline Smithson
Frank Ishman
Jeff Phillips
Susan Aurinko