Join the creative communities of ASMP Chicago/Midwest, Filter Photo and LATITUDE for our annual social mixer at Filter Space!
ASMP member and Filter Photo board member Jeff Phillips will provide an unconventional, fast-paced flyover of his offbeat, humor-infused projects— drawn from his collection of found photographs. If you haven’t seen Is This Your Mother? or My Uncanny Valley, come prepared for something totally different! Filter Photo and Latitude staff will provide tours of their extraordinary spaces. Seating is limited, so register now for this free event— it’s an evening of fun and conversation you do not want to miss.
Is This Your Mother?
My Uncanny Valley
Jeff Phillips – jeffphillips.me
6:30 p.m. Mingle/tour Filter Space and Latitude
7:20 p.m. Introductions
7:30 p.m. Jeff Phillips, ASMP member talk (20 minutes plus time for Q&A)
8:00 p.m. Thanks and closing remarks.
More mixing until 9:30 p.m.
JEFF PHILLIPS BIO
Jeff Phillips is a Chicago-based photographic artist who has been passionate about photography for more than 30 years. He serves as a member of the Filter Photo board of directors, and for the past nine years has helped produce the annual Filter Photo Festival.
His photographs are exhibited nationally and published internationally through a variety of media channels including books, newspapers, and magazines.Phillips has presented and lectured about his work at SXSW, Society for Photographic Education (SPE) and other venues including Pecha Kucha in Chicago and at Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis.
Phillips is the creator of Lost and Found: The Search for Harry and Edna (harryandedna.com), a vernacular photography + social media experiment that became a traveling exhibition and
subsequently received international media attention for its content and production. For more information, please contact Jeff Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website at
I am fascinated by found photographs. Stripped of their original context, abandoned images force a viewer to find his or her own meaning, like a Rorschach inkblot test. They help us consider how we make, consume and share images today, compared to the past. Found photographs can also serve as raw
material for other work.
Is this your Mother? Is a project that began when I found more than a thousand unmarked Kodachrome slides of an unidentified couple, pictured as they were traveling the world during the 1950s. Who are these people, and where are they now? Why were their photographs abandoned? I created a social
media experiment to find the answers. Viewers left comments that did little to solve the mystery of the lost photographs, but their words spoke volumes about their own unconscious biases.
My most recent project is My Uncanny Valley, for which I’ve created absurd constructions using vernacular photographs and plastic googly eyes— which I physically attach to each print— a brute force method of dramatically transforming the narrative and its subjects. Photographs have the power to inform, enlighten, and affect social change. Sometimes, though— as is
with most of my projects that use found images— Photography is nothing more than a source of humor, or joy, like it was on the day when I first discovered it.