Power and Politics

Filter Photo is pleased to announce an open call for lens-based work for a juried exhibition, Power and Politics, juried by Barbara Tannenbaum, Curator of Photography, Cleveland Museum of Art.

Power and Politics will open September 16th at Filter Space and will remain open through Filter Photo Festival and EXPO Chicago with a reception during the Festival coinciding with On the Shelf, concurrently on display at Filter Space.  A juror’s choice award and an honorable mention will be awarded.

The Juror’s choice award comes with a $500 cash prize.

Image Credit:  Andrew Miller, Jefferson Park Auditorium

This call is now closed.


In a presidential election year, a topic of immediate concern is who influences (or controls) the choices we make at the ballot box and how they sway voters.  How does political power manifest itself visually and how much of its appearance is illusion, how much truth? When united, are power and politics dirty words, forces for good, or just the reality of life with a social structure?

Important Dates

August 1 – Submissions are due

Mid-August – Entrants are notified of jurors’ decision

September 6 – Accepted work must arrive at the gallery

September 16 – Exhibition Opens

September 25 – Artists’ Reception during Filter Photo Festival

October 22 – Exhibition Closes

About the Juror

Barbara Tannenbaum is Curator of Photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where she recently organized exhibitions of work by TR Ericsson, Hank Willis Thomas and Lois Conner. Other recent exhibitions include DIY: Photographers & Books, the first museum show of print-on-demand photobooks; Constructed Identities; Pyramids & Sphinxes; American Vesuvius: The Aftermath of Mount St. Helens by Frank Gohlke and Emmet Gowin; and Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore. From 1985 through 2011, Tannenbaum was chief curator at the Akron Art Museum, where she grew the photography collection from 500 to 2,500 works and organized over 85 exhibitions including the first large-scale international exhibition chronicling women’s historic achievements in fine art photography, co-curated with Naomi Rosenblum, and the 1991 Ralph Eugene Meatyard retrospective, co-curated with David Jacobs. Dr. Tannenbaum has authored numerous publications including major books on Ralph Eugene Meatyard (Rizzoli) and on the Akron Art Museum’s collection, and lectured throughout the U.S. and in Canada and China. She serves on the board of the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation.