Festival Programming

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September 22 – 25, Filter Photo Festival returns with workshops, portfolio reviews, lectures, panel discussions, and a variety of additional programming. Filter Photo brings gallery owners, museum directors, curators, publishers, and other photography professionals from across the country together with emerging and established photographers. Filter Photo Festival embraces partnerships with cultural and educational institutions in Chicago to encourage a dialog and a community surrounding contemporary photography.


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2015 Festival Archive

WORKSHOP: The Big Bang Workshop: Getting the Most Out of Your Projects with Aline Smithson

ARTIST TALK AND BOOK SIGNING: Jess T. Dugan: Every Breath We Drew

EXHIBITION TOUR: Deana Lawson: Ruttenberg Contemporary Photography Series with Michal Raz-Russo at Art Institute of Chicago

EXHIBITION TOUR: North Korean Perspectives with Allison Grant at the Museum of Contemporary Photography

KEYNOTE LECTURE: Penelope Umbrico at Columbia College Chicago | Sponsored by Hahnemühle FineArt

WORKSHOP: In Depth Critique Session with Penelope Umbrico

WORKSHOP: Love the Process with David Carol

ARTIST TALK AND BOOK SIGNING: Aline Smithson | Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography

GALLERY WALK: River North Gallery District | FREE

ARTIST TALK: The Superlative Light with Robert Shults at The Rangefinder Gallery

EXHIBITION RECEPTION: Field Study at David Weinberg Photography

WORKSHOP: Self Publishing Your Photography Book with Elizabeth Avedon


WORKSHOP: Finding Your Creative Direction with Jeff Curto

WORKSHOP: Print It Big! Mural Boot Camp

ARTIST TALK: 21st Century Hustle with Jonathan Blaustein

EXHIBITION RECEPTION: Abstract at Filter Space

EXHIBITION RECEPTION: Abstraction Measured at Doug Fogelson Studio