Sep 21st 2019

2019 Filter Photo Festival: Day 3

@ Millennium Knickerbocker Chicago

163 E Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611

Opening Saturday, September 21st, from 9AM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, September 22nd

9:00 am – 5:00 pm PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

10:00 am – 12:00 pm ROAMING REVIEWS | FREE

9:00 am – 12:00 pm WORKSHOP: Working With A Gallery: Five Things You Need To Know with Darren Ching

Darren Ching, owner of Klompching Gallery in New York City, will give a half-day presentation, providing a candid summary of the key challenges that photographers encounter when preparing to work with a gallery—from full-on representation to a one-off exhibition. This workshop will focus upon five essential tools needed – preparing participants to meet those challenges head-on and ensure the gallery/artist relationship is professional, successful and profitable for all.

This workshop is informed by Darren Ching’s 12 years as a successful New York art dealer and having worked with numerous photographers as a private consultant and mentor. Photographers will leave the workshop with a clear understanding of what to expect of a gallery, and what a gallery expects of the photographer.

Darren will not be reviewing portfolios as a part of this workshop but is available for individual portfolio reviews on Thursday and Sunday.

Darren Ching is the owner of Klompching Gallery, located in New York City. The gallery specializes in the selling and exhibition of contemporary fine art photography. Launched along with Debra Klomp Ching in 2007, the gallery has placed artworks into numerous private, corporate and public collections. Mr. Ching’s involvement in photography spans over 20 years, including jurying and curating numerous photo competitions and exhibits; contributing to both online and print publications; and panel presentations on the subject. He’s been a regular portfolio reviewer at photography events in the US and Europe. Formerly, the Creative Director of Photo District News, and was a perennial judge for its annual 30 Emerging Photographers issue. As an educator, Mr. Ching has been an Adjunct Faculty member at SVA; External Examiner for MICA, BFA Photography program; Guest Critic at RISD’s MFA Photography Final Projects; and most recently lecturing on contemporary magazine photography at Parsons School of Design in New York. In addition to dealing artworks, Mr. Ching is a freelance designer, working on photography-based projects, and is a consultant offering advice and career strategies to all levels of photographers.

9:30 am – 4:00 pm WORKSHOP: Cyanotype + Digital Color with Emma Powell at Columbia College
This full-day alternative process workshop will explore creative ways to combine the historic hand-applied cyanotype emulsion, often known as blueprint, with contemporary digital color prints. This technique layers color and/or texture with what is traditionally a single-color process. Emma Powell will go through the steps of editing digital files in Photoshop explaining how to prepare files and control the results. Participants will also learn how to coat and process cyanotype prints in order to merge these two techniques. This hands-on, hybrid process utilizes modern technologies, while also examining historic photographic processes.

This workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Emma Powell is an Assistant Professor of Art at Colorado College, where she teaches all levels of photography including alternative processes. Powell has exhibited widely and teaches workshops at Penland School of Crafts. Powell has an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. In her photographic work, Powell uses alternative processes to illustrate fantasy narratives.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ARTIST TALK: Sasha Wolf | FREE
The talk will be followed by a book signing. Books will be available for sale at the Festival.

Join Sasha Wolf and special guests Kelli Connell and Richard Renaldi, as they discuss Wolf’s new book PhotoWork: Forty Photographers on Process and Practice, published by Aperture (September 2019). Edited and introduced by Wolf, PhotoWork is a collection of interviews by forty photographers about their approach to making photographs and, more importantly, a sustained body of work.

How does a photographic project or series evolve? How important are “style” and “genre”? What comes first – the photographs or a concept? Curator and lecturer Sasha Wolf was inspired to seek out and assemble responses to these questions after hearing from countless young photographers about how they often feel adrift in their own practice, wondering if they are doing it the “right” way. The responses, from both established and newly emerging photographers, reveal there is no single path. Their advice is wildly divergent, generous, and delightful.

PhotoWork includes Q&A style interviews by Robert Adams, Dawoud Bey, Alejandro Cartegena, Elinor Carucci, John Chiara, Kelli Connell, Lois Conner, Matthew Connors, Sian Davey, Doug DuBois, John Edmonds, Paul Graham, Katy Grannan, Gregory Halpern, Curran Hatleberg, Todd Hido, Rinko Kawauchi, Peter Kayafas, Justine Kurland, Gillian Laub, John Lehr, Dana Lixenberg, Andrew Moore, Abelardo Morell, Zora J. Murff, Catherine Opie, Ed Panar, Matthew Pillsbury, Kristine Potter, Gus Powell, Richard Renaldi, Sasha Rudensky, Lise Sarfati, Bryan Schutmaat, Manjari Sharma, Dayanita Singh, Tiffany Smith, Alec Soth, Mark Steinmetz, and Vanessa Winship.

Sasha Wolf represents emerging and mid-career, fine art photographers. After running the influential New York photo gallery, Sasha Wolf Gallery, for 10 years, Sasha transitioned back to a private/pop-up model in 2017. Sasha continues her work to place her artist’s photographs in important private and public collections, edit and support their various book and magazine publications and curate and support their exhibitions. Additionally, Sasha works with a larger group of artists as a book and project editor and on other professional practices. Sasha is currently completing a book of interviews, to be published by Aperture in Fall 2019, with many of today’s most important photographers. Sasha reviews and judges work for leading art institutions, universities and fairs numerous times a year and lectures and conducts artist’s workshops around the country on professional practices and project development.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm ARTIST TALK: Juan Fernandez at The Cliff Dwellers Club | FREE
Join Juan Fernandez for a discussion of his project Façade, currently on view at The Cliff Dwellers Club. Façade is a photographic project that concentrates on vernacular architecture e.g. schools, housing, industrial, retail buildings. Photographs of suburban architecture operate with a sense of familiarity, illustrating seemingly banal moments, however, upon further inspection, certain oddities begin to rise to the surface. The peculiarities are metaphors for uneasiness, rejection, and isolation that exist as odd photographic moments within a landscape of form, structure, and order.

Visual oddities are accomplished by using the innate qualities of the photographic process, coupled with varying amounts of digital manipulation. Specifically, each image is “cleansed” of visual distractions. Fernandez uses the perception of structure, form, and order to guide the viewer through the banality of vernacular architecture. However, when closely investigated, the images speak to complex ideas of authenticity and identity.

Juan Fernandez is an artist based in Elgin, IL. He is currently the Gallery Curator for Elgin Community College as well as an art educator who has taught at Northern Illinois University, Waubonsee Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Judson University, and Elgin Community College. His work references the perceptions of form, structure, and order in common materials and subject matter. His photographs are in the collection of Columbia College Chicago, the Rockford Art Museum, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and in The Midwest Photographers Project at The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL.

Fernandez has also exhibited in numerous national and international exhibitions including at Catherine Edelman Gallery, Rockford Art Museum, Boecker Contemporary in Heidelberg, Germany, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, the Griffin Museum of Photography, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Angelika Studios in Buckinghamshire, England, and The Houston Center for Photography.


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