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Participants sign up for twenty-minute face-to-face reviews and receive candid advice about their work, as well as information on getting their photographs exhibited and published. We are thrilled to have so many of our attendees walk away with connections that have led them to publishing their work, gallery shows, online exhibitions and the indispensable opportunity to network with their peers.
All Filter attendees receiving blocks of 5 or 8 portfolio reviews are encouraged to sign up for our annual Portfolio Walk, where Filter VIPs will roam the room and the general public is invited to vote for their favorite portfolio for the 2016 Festival Portfolio Walk’s People’s Choice Award.
One of the greatest parts of the Filter Photo Festival is the exposure it has given me to amazing photography that has been right under my nose the entire time I’ve lived in Chicago!
Because of festivals like Filter, I feel like I can live in a small city like Madison, that doesn’t offer a huge photography community, and still keep up the essential relationships needed to inspire my work.
My portfolio reviews were very encouraging and I made some great new connections thanks to Filter Photo Festival!
I know of no other venue that is able to impact serious photographers like Filter Photo. Though this was my first experience, I gained so much in my interactions with other professionals, their work and publications and their shared passion for the art of the printed image.
Thanks for another wonderful year. I left Filter Festival completely inspired and ready to take on new, more challenging and thoughtful projects. Looking forward to next year!
Filter Photo Festival will be my priority from now on. And you are to be commended for an EXCELLENT list of Portfolio Reviewers. As good as it gets.
The reviewers I had were great. They were all very helpful in their judgment of my work. I even managed to get the ball rolling on some opportunities down the road. I was very pleased with the professionalism of the reviewers.
I really enjoyed the whole experience, from the seasoned industry reviewers to the incredible photographers and their work. Everyone I spoke with was impressed with the event and took a lot away from it all. It was a learning experience that I am very glad I took part in.
Filter Festival was a wonderful opportunity to not only meet with the professionals in the field but to also meet a wide range of other photographers. I found both experiences very satisfying.
Fantastic! You get and amazing lineup of reviewers and Filter is still a very nice, intimate, and friendly setting.”
I received excellent advice on the creation of a portfolio and direction of my work. I have already begun work for next year’s reviews. I’ll be back!”
The Festival balances critical reviews and relevant lectures with a family atmosphere. Now that is my kind of Festival!”
Keep up the good work! Speakers and information was beyond what I expected. Inspirational, motivating and educational.”
Filter Photo provided a supportive atmosphere where photographers could interact with industry professionals easily and openly. I was impressed by the quality of the portfolio reviews as well as the energy and traffic during the Portfolio Walk.”
Filter Photo Festival is a gem of an event. The programing continues to improve every year.
Click on a reviewer’s name to read his or her bio and schedule:
Kyohei Abe – Executive Director and Chief Curator, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography
Elizabeth Avedon – Editor, L’Oeil de la Photographie
Nancy Barr – Co-Chief Curator and Curator of Photography, Detroit Institute of Arts
Tyler Blackwell – Assistant Director of Exhibitions, Johalla Projects
Jonathan Blaustein – Writer and Contributor, A Photo Editor & The New York Times Lens blog
David Carol – Director of Photography Outfront Media (formerly CBS)
Darren Ching – Co-Owner and Director, Klompching Gallery
Debra Klomp Ching – Co-Owner and Director, Klompching Gallery
Alyssa Coppelman – Independent Photo Editor
Elizabeth Corden and Jan Potts – Co-Owners Corden|Potts Gallery
Crista Dix – Founder and Director, wall space gallery
Catherine Edelman – Owner and Director, Catherine Edelman Gallery
Natasha Egan – Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography
Dana Fritz and Larry Gawel – Curators, Workspace Gallery
Charles Gneich – Exhibition Curator, The Art Center – Highland Park
Karen Haas – Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Gregory Harris – Assistant Curator, DePaul Art Museum
Karen Irvine – Curator and Associate Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography
Lisa Janes – Owner and Director, Alibi Fine Art
Shane Lavalette – Director, Light Work
Susan Nalband – Director, 555 Gallery
David Oresick – Executive Director, Silver Eye Center for Photography
Caroline Picard – Co-Director and Curator, Sector 2337
Michal Raz-Russo – Assistant Curator, Department of Photography, Art Institute of Chicago
Tommy J. Reyes – Owner and Director, Gallery 19
David Rosenberg – Editor, Slate’s Behold blog
Martha Schneider – Director, Schneider Gallery
Aline Smithson – Founder and Editor, LENSCRATCH
Paula Tognarelli – Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography
Nadine Wietlisbach – Curator, Nidwaldner Museum (Switzerland)