Sep 27th 2023

Filter Photo Festival is a multi-day celebration of photography that takes place every autumn in Chicago. The 2023 Festival will be held September 27th – 30th at the Columbia College Chicago Student Center, centrally located downtown in proximity to museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions. 

Programming includes portfolio reviews, workshops, lectures, and artist talks. Additionally, exhibitions will be hosted at Filter Space gallery in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.

Portfolio reviews are a central element of the Festival. During a portfolio review, an artist is able to share work directly with local, national, and international photography professionals, including gallery directors, curators, editors, and publishers. Emerging and established photographers are welcome to sign up for these twenty-minute, one-on-one sessions. 

An important part of the Chicago arts community since 2009, Filter Photo Festival has hosted an impressive roster of established artists and photographers as Festival Keynote Speaker including Ken Gonzales Day, Liz Deschenes, Joel-Peter Witkin, Penelope Umbrico, Carrie Mae Weems, Mona Kuhn, John Chiara, and Rodrigo Valenzuela, among others.

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