- Filter Photo Festival
- Filter Space
Participants sign up for twenty-minute face-to-face reviews and receive candid advice about their images, as well as information on getting their work exhibited and published. We are thrilled to have so many of our attendees walk away with connections that have led to exhibitions, publications, and the indispensable opportunity to network with their peers.
All Filter Photo Festival 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 People’s Choice Award.
Date: September 22 – September 25
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: $275 for 5 and $375 for 8
Location: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel | 163 East Walton Place
*early discount pricing ends June 20th, $295 for 5 and $425 for 8
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:
Kyohei Abe – Executive Director and Chief Curator, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography
Emanuel Aguilar – Co-Founder and Co-Director, PATRON Gallery
Kate Bowen – Exhibitions Director, ACRE and Video Programming Coordinator, Museum of Contemporary Photography
Jonathan Blaustein – Writer and Contributor, A Photo Editor & The New York Times Lens blog
Darren Ching – Co-Owner and Director, Klompching Gallery
Alexa Dilworth – Publishing Director and Senior Editor, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
Hamidah Glasgow – Executive Director and Curator, The Center for Fine Art Photography
Charles Gniech – Independent Curator
Allison Grant – Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography
Gregory Harris – Independent Curator and Photography Historian
W.M. Hunt – Photography Collector, Curator and Consultant
Michael Itkoff – Co-Founder, Daylight Books
Lisa Janes – Owner and Director, Alibi Fine Art
John Wesley Mannion – Master Printer, Light Work
Melanie McWhorter – Sales Consultant, photo-eye Book Division
Allison Peters Quinn – Director of Exhibition & Residency Programs, Hyde Park Art Center
David Rosenberg – Editor, Slate’s Behold blog
Carson Sanders – Co-Founder, Ain’t Bad Magazine
Martha Schneider – Owner and Director, Schneider Gallery
Brian Sholis – Curator of Photography, Cincinnati Art Museum
Heather Snider – Executive Director, SF Camerawork
Barbara Tannenbaum – Curator of Photography, Cleveland Museum of Art
Brandon Thibodeaux – Photographer
Paula Tognarelli – Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography
Sasha Wolf – Owner and Director, Sasha Wolf Gallery