Sep 20th 2019

2019 Filter Photo Festival: Day 2

@ Millennium Knickerbocker Chicago

163 E Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611

Opening Friday, September 20th, from 9AM - 4PM

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 – 4:00 pm WORKSHOP: Photo Books from Start to Finish with Sasha Wolf

How do you know when a body of work is ready to turn into a book project? And will it even make a good book? How do you start? Where do you end? How many pictures should be included? Do you need or want text? What is sequencing? Who might publish it and who pays for what? Is getting a book published going to propel your career forward? The list of questions goes on and on. In this full-day workshop, Sasha Wolf will answer these questions and many more.

Photo dealer, curator and book editor, Sasha Wolf, of Sasha Wolf Projects, will guide participants through the complex eco-system of photo-book publishing and guide participants through small group critiques. Participants will leave the workshop armed with the fundamental knowledge of what it takes to get a book deal, who the players in the publishing field are- both large and small- and ready to analyze their own practice and projects to determine if they are ready for a book.

Participants should plan to bring 1-2 bodies of completed, or nearly completed, projects – prints only. Prints should be sized 4×6 or 5×7. Sasha will be guiding participants through group critiques of each other’s work and is available for individual portfolio reviews on Saturday, September 21.

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.

This workshop is limited to 18 participants.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ARTIST TALK: Bob Thall | FREE
Bob Thall is best known for his photographs of the Chicago landscape. But in the last ten years, he has been photographing a large number of American cities, focusing on the downtown areas of cities that are rarely examined closely. He is especially interested in cities that have experienced disinvestment, a decline in population, and/or problematic urban renewal. Bob will present photographs from this ongoing project, Some American Cities, including many photographs not yet published or exhibited.

A native Chicagoan, long-term professor of photography (1978-2017), and former chair of the Columbia College Chicago Photography Department (1999-2011), Thall is known for his comprehensive depictions of the ever-changing city of Chicago. Using a view camera, he creates formally rigorous and deadpan portrayals of the city’s urban and suburban landscape, treating the sprawling northern suburbs and compact alleys all with the same level of carefulness. His work was supported by a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1998, published in four monographs, and exhibited widely, including one-person exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Framing Bodies, Traumas, Environments | FREE

A panel discussion with Tonika Lewis Johnson, Judy Natal, and Derrick Woods-Morrow moderated by Joan Giroux

How do artists behind the lens frame the seen and unseen aspects of trauma as it affects bodies both corporeal and terrestrial? This panel examines the practices of photographers whose projects connect the dots between the evidence and the outcomes of experiencing expectations of idealized body normativity, systemic racism, policies of oppression, and environmental abuses at macro and micro scales. Photographic images, video, performative works, and multimedia projects present and capture moments of siege and respite from tension—suggesting relationships between the personal and political, the local and global, and maladies of the human body and the terrestrial environment. These artists also put forth possibilities for new paradigms through their projects and put in place visions for healing and reconciliation.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm WORKSHOP: Photo Walk with Sony

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm EXHIBITION RECEPTION: The Universal at Filter Space | FREE

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm EXHIBITION RECEPTION: Seeing the familiar for the first time at Filter Space | FREE

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm EXHIBITION RECEPTION: III: Third Annual Members’ Exhibition at Fogelson Studio | FREE

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm FOOD TRUCK: The Slide Ride at Filter Space Parking Lot

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