Filter Photo Hits the SPE Midwest Conference

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Kyle Petersen

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Giselle Giroux

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Fritz Goeckner (Past Filter Festival Attendee!)

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Jill Corbin

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Destinee Wells

This past weekend we had the pleasure of traveling to Madison, Wisconsin, as our Managing Director Pepper Kelly was invited to do portfolio reviews for the Midwest SPE Conference. It was great to get out of our comfort zone in Chicago (and very nice to be at a conference we weren’t in charge of operating!), and it was inspiring to see that the sense of community and strength of work we strive so hard to cultivate at the Filter Photo Festival is just as present around the Midwest. Pictured above are some of the great portfolios that we saw at the conference. We encourage you to look into these artists, and to also look into and attend more great community-building events like this.

Back in the fall of 2009, Filter Photo organized a single day of portfolio reviews. It was our first-ever event and it was over in a flash, but we immediately started receiving the same question from reviewers and reviewees: what about next year? When we started thinking about 2010 there was so much to consider. Workshops? Exhibitions? Artist talks? We wanted to make them all happen!Over the years we’ve grown quite a bit, moving to bigger and bigger spaces to accommodate the amazingly enthusiastic response (thank you!). In 2012 we expanded our programming to include regularly scheduled events throughout the year, from panel discussions and meetups to exhibitions and workshops. In 2014 we proudly gained recognition as an official 501(c)(3) organization and many joined our new membership program. During all this time we’ve been supported by some incredibly generous partners and sponsors (thanks to all of them too!).This being the 21st century, we’ve spent a large amount of energy growing online too. These days we have a classy website, a Facebook page, plus Twitter and Instagram accounts. In 2013 we launched Image 37, and we now send out a monthly newsletter of Chicago and Midwest photography events to help photo lovers sort out their schedules.We’re about to take one more big—huge—step as an organization: starting in 2015, Filter Photo will have a permanent gallery and workshop space in Chicago! We’ll be moving into the Hubbard Street Lofts at 1821 West Hubbard, just down the hall from the Johalla Projects gallery space where we’ve hosted several exhibitions in the past. Our new space will be for workshops, exhibitions, artist talks, and other community events (and you can drop in anytime just to say hi!).We’ll also be sharing the space with one of our favorite Chicago organizations, LATITUDE. LATITUDE is a digital print lab that organizes an artist in residence program, workshops, artist talks, and reading and critique groups. Though both organizations will maintain their separate legal, financial, and directorial statuses, we see this as an opportunity to create a dedicated, high-end photo arts center for the City of Chicago.You can expect lots more information about the space over the next couple of months, and of course feel free to send us any of your questions. We see this as the natural evolution of the organization as we continue to strive to meet our mission of serving the Chicago, Midwestern, and national photographic communities. Thank you for your support, we hope you can come celebrate with us once the space opens!
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 1600
  • f/2
  • 1/60th
  • 23mm
Back in the fall of 2009, Filter Photo organized a single day of portfolio reviews. It was our first-ever event and it was over in a flash, but we immediately started receiving the same question from reviewers and reviewees: what about next year? When we started thinking about 2010 there was so much to consider. Workshops? Exhibitions? Artist talks? We wanted to make them all happen!Over the years we’ve grown quite a bit, moving to bigger and bigger spaces to accommodate the amazingly enthusiastic response (thank you!). In 2012 we expanded our programming to include regularly scheduled events throughout the year, from panel discussions and meetups to exhibitions and workshops. In 2014 we proudly gained recognition as an official 501(c)(3) organization and many joined our new membership program. During all this time we’ve been supported by some incredibly generous partners and sponsors (thanks to all of them too!).This being the 21st century, we’ve spent a large amount of energy growing online too. These days we have a classy website, a Facebook page, plus Twitter and Instagram accounts. In 2013 we launched Image 37, and we now send out a monthly newsletter of Chicago and Midwest photography events to help photo lovers sort out their schedules.We’re about to take one more big—huge—step as an organization: starting in 2015, Filter Photo will have a permanent gallery and workshop space in Chicago! We’ll be moving into the Hubbard Street Lofts at 1821 West Hubbard, just down the hall from the Johalla Projects gallery space where we’ve hosted several exhibitions in the past. Our new space will be for workshops, exhibitions, artist talks, and other community events (and you can drop in anytime just to say hi!).We’ll also be sharing the space with one of our favorite Chicago organizations, LATITUDE. LATITUDE is a digital print lab that organizes an artist in residence program, workshops, artist talks, and reading and critique groups. Though both organizations will maintain their separate legal, financial, and directorial statuses, we see this as an opportunity to create a dedicated, high-end photo arts center for the City of Chicago.You can expect lots more information about the space over the next couple of months, and of course feel free to send us any of your questions. We see this as the natural evolution of the organization as we continue to strive to meet our mission of serving the Chicago, Midwestern, and national photographic communities. Thank you for your support, we hope you can come celebrate with us once the space opens!
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 3200
  • f/2
  • 1/60th
  • 23mm
Back in the fall of 2009, Filter Photo organized a single day of portfolio reviews. It was our first-ever event and it was over in a flash, but we immediately started receiving the same question from reviewers and reviewees: what about next year? When we started thinking about 2010 there was so much to consider. Workshops? Exhibitions? Artist talks? We wanted to make them all happen!Over the years we’ve grown quite a bit, moving to bigger and bigger spaces to accommodate the amazingly enthusiastic response (thank you!). In 2012 we expanded our programming to include regularly scheduled events throughout the year, from panel discussions and meetups to exhibitions and workshops. In 2014 we proudly gained recognition as an official 501(c)(3) organization and many joined our new membership program. During all this time we’ve been supported by some incredibly generous partners and sponsors (thanks to all of them too!).This being the 21st century, we’ve spent a large amount of energy growing online too. These days we have a classy website, a Facebook page, plus Twitter and Instagram accounts. In 2013 we launched Image 37, and we now send out a monthly newsletter of Chicago and Midwest photography events to help photo lovers sort out their schedules.We’re about to take one more big—huge—step as an organization: starting in 2015, Filter Photo will have a permanent gallery and workshop space in Chicago! We’ll be moving into the Hubbard Street Lofts at 1821 West Hubbard, just down the hall from the Johalla Projects gallery space where we’ve hosted several exhibitions in the past. Our new space will be for workshops, exhibitions, artist talks, and other community events (and you can drop in anytime just to say hi!).We’ll also be sharing the space with one of our favorite Chicago organizations, LATITUDE. LATITUDE is a digital print lab that organizes an artist in residence program, workshops, artist talks, and reading and critique groups. Though both organizations will maintain their separate legal, financial, and directorial statuses, we see this as an opportunity to create a dedicated, high-end photo arts center for the City of Chicago.You can expect lots more information about the space over the next couple of months, and of course feel free to send us any of your questions. We see this as the natural evolution of the organization as we continue to strive to meet our mission of serving the Chicago, Midwestern, and national photographic communities. Thank you for your support, we hope you can come celebrate with us once the space opens!
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 3200
  • f/2
  • 1/125th
  • 23mm
Back in the fall of 2009, Filter Photo organized a single day of portfolio reviews. It was our first-ever event and it was over in a flash, but we immediately started receiving the same question from reviewers and reviewees: what about next year? When we started thinking about 2010 there was so much to consider. Workshops? Exhibitions? Artist talks? We wanted to make them all happen!Over the years we’ve grown quite a bit, moving to bigger and bigger spaces to accommodate the amazingly enthusiastic response (thank you!). In 2012 we expanded our programming to include regularly scheduled events throughout the year, from panel discussions and meetups to exhibitions and workshops. In 2014 we proudly gained recognition as an official 501(c)(3) organization and many joined our new membership program. During all this time we’ve been supported by some incredibly generous partners and sponsors (thanks to all of them too!).This being the 21st century, we’ve spent a large amount of energy growing online too. These days we have a classy website, a Facebook page, plus Twitter and Instagram accounts. In 2013 we launched Image 37, and we now send out a monthly newsletter of Chicago and Midwest photography events to help photo lovers sort out their schedules.We’re about to take one more big—huge—step as an organization: starting in 2015, Filter Photo will have a permanent gallery and workshop space in Chicago! We’ll be moving into the Hubbard Street Lofts at 1821 West Hubbard, just down the hall from the Johalla Projects gallery space where we’ve hosted several exhibitions in the past. Our new space will be for workshops, exhibitions, artist talks, and other community events (and you can drop in anytime just to say hi!).We’ll also be sharing the space with one of our favorite Chicago organizations, LATITUDE. LATITUDE is a digital print lab that organizes an artist in residence program, workshops, artist talks, and reading and critique groups. Though both organizations will maintain their separate legal, financial, and directorial statuses, we see this as an opportunity to create a dedicated, high-end photo arts center for the City of Chicago.You can expect lots more information about the space over the next couple of months, and of course feel free to send us any of your questions. We see this as the natural evolution of the organization as we continue to strive to meet our mission of serving the Chicago, Midwestern, and national photographic communities. Thank you for your support, we hope you can come celebrate with us once the space opens!
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 1600
  • f/2
  • 1/250th
  • 23mm
Back in the fall of 2009, Filter Photo organized a single day of portfolio reviews. It was our first-ever event and it was over in a flash, but we immediately started receiving the same question from reviewers and reviewees: what about next year? When we started thinking about 2010 there was so much to consider. Workshops? Exhibitions? Artist talks? We wanted to make them all happen!Over the years we’ve grown quite a bit, moving to bigger and bigger spaces to accommodate the amazingly enthusiastic response (thank you!). In 2012 we expanded our programming to include regularly scheduled events throughout the year, from panel discussions and meetups to exhibitions and workshops. In 2014 we proudly gained recognition as an official 501(c)(3) organization and many joined our new membership program. During all this time we’ve been supported by some incredibly generous partners and sponsors (thanks to all of them too!).This being the 21st century, we’ve spent a large amount of energy growing online too. These days we have a classy website, a Facebook page, plus Twitter and Instagram accounts. In 2013 we launched Image 37, and we now send out a monthly newsletter of Chicago and Midwest photography events to help photo lovers sort out their schedules.We’re about to take one more big—huge—step as an organization: starting in 2015, Filter Photo will have a permanent gallery and workshop space in Chicago! We’ll be moving into the Hubbard Street Lofts at 1821 West Hubbard, just down the hall from the Johalla Projects gallery space where we’ve hosted several exhibitions in the past. Our new space will be for workshops, exhibitions, artist talks, and other community events (and you can drop in anytime just to say hi!).We’ll also be sharing the space with one of our favorite Chicago organizations, LATITUDE. LATITUDE is a digital print lab that organizes an artist in residence program, workshops, artist talks, and reading and critique groups. Though both organizations will maintain their separate legal, financial, and directorial statuses, we see this as an opportunity to create a dedicated, high-end photo arts center for the City of Chicago.You can expect lots more information about the space over the next couple of months, and of course feel free to send us any of your questions. We see this as the natural evolution of the organization as we continue to strive to meet our mission of serving the Chicago, Midwestern, and national photographic communities. Thank you for your support, we hope you can come celebrate with us once the space opens!
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 1600
  • f/2
  • 1/125th
  • 23mm
Back in the fall of 2009, Filter Photo organized a single day of portfolio reviews. It was our first-ever event and it was over in a flash, but we immediately started receiving the same question from reviewers and reviewees: what about next year? When we started thinking about 2010 there was so much to consider. Workshops? Exhibitions? Artist talks? We wanted to make them all happen!Over the years we’ve grown quite a bit, moving to bigger and bigger spaces to accommodate the amazingly enthusiastic response (thank you!). In 2012 we expanded our programming to include regularly scheduled events throughout the year, from panel discussions and meetups to exhibitions and workshops. In 2014 we proudly gained recognition as an official 501(c)(3) organization and many joined our new membership program. During all this time we’ve been supported by some incredibly generous partners and sponsors (thanks to all of them too!).This being the 21st century, we’ve spent a large amount of energy growing online too. These days we have a classy website, a Facebook page, plus Twitter and Instagram accounts. In 2013 we launched Image 37, and we now send out a monthly newsletter of Chicago and Midwest photography events to help photo lovers sort out their schedules.We’re about to take one more big—huge—step as an organization: starting in 2015, Filter Photo will have a permanent gallery and workshop space in Chicago! We’ll be moving into the Hubbard Street Lofts at 1821 West Hubbard, just down the hall from the Johalla Projects gallery space where we’ve hosted several exhibitions in the past. Our new space will be for workshops, exhibitions, artist talks, and other community events (and you can drop in anytime just to say hi!).We’ll also be sharing the space with one of our favorite Chicago organizations, LATITUDE. LATITUDE is a digital print lab that organizes an artist in residence program, workshops, artist talks, and reading and critique groups. Though both organizations will maintain their separate legal, financial, and directorial statuses, we see this as an opportunity to create a dedicated, high-end photo arts center for the City of Chicago.You can expect lots more information about the space over the next couple of months, and of course feel free to send us any of your questions. We see this as the natural evolution of the organization as we continue to strive to meet our mission of serving the Chicago, Midwestern, and national photographic communities. Thank you for your support, we hope you can come celebrate with us once the space opens!
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 1250
  • f/2
  • 1/125th
  • 23mm
Back in the fall of 2009, Filter Photo organized a single day of portfolio reviews. It was our first-ever event and it was over in a flash, but we immediately started receiving the same question from reviewers and reviewees: what about next year? When we started thinking about 2010 there was so much to consider. Workshops? Exhibitions? Artist talks? We wanted to make them all happen!Over the years we’ve grown quite a bit, moving to bigger and bigger spaces to accommodate the amazingly enthusiastic response (thank you!). In 2012 we expanded our programming to include regularly scheduled events throughout the year, from panel discussions and meetups to exhibitions and workshops. In 2014 we proudly gained recognition as an official 501(c)(3) organization and many joined our new membership program. During all this time we’ve been supported by some incredibly generous partners and sponsors (thanks to all of them too!).This being the 21st century, we’ve spent a large amount of energy growing online too. These days we have a classy website, a Facebook page, plus Twitter and Instagram accounts. In 2013 we launched Image 37, and we now send out a monthly newsletter of Chicago and Midwest photography events to help photo lovers sort out their schedules.We’re about to take one more big—huge—step as an organization: starting in 2015, Filter Photo will have a permanent gallery and workshop space in Chicago! We’ll be moving into the Hubbard Street Lofts at 1821 West Hubbard, just down the hall from the Johalla Projects gallery space where we’ve hosted several exhibitions in the past. Our new space will be for workshops, exhibitions, artist talks, and other community events (and you can drop in anytime just to say hi!).We’ll also be sharing the space with one of our favorite Chicago organizations, LATITUDE. LATITUDE is a digital print lab that organizes an artist in residence program, workshops, artist talks, and reading and critique groups. Though both organizations will maintain their separate legal, financial, and directorial statuses, we see this as an opportunity to create a dedicated, high-end photo arts center for the City of Chicago.You can expect lots more information about the space over the next couple of months, and of course feel free to send us any of your questions. We see this as the natural evolution of the organization as we continue to strive to meet our mission of serving the Chicago, Midwestern, and national photographic communities. Thank you for your support, we hope you can come celebrate with us once the space opens!
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 1250
  • f/2
  • 1/125th
  • 23mm

Back in the fall of 2009, Filter Photo organized a single day of portfolio reviews. It was our first-ever event and it was over in a flash, but we immediately started receiving the same question from reviewers and reviewees: what about next year? When we started thinking about 2010 there was so much to consider. Workshops? Exhibitions? Artist talks? We wanted to make them all happen!

Over the years we’ve grown quite a bit, moving to bigger and bigger spaces to accommodate the amazingly enthusiastic response (thank you!). In 2012 we expanded our programming to include regularly scheduled events throughout the year, from panel discussions and meetups to exhibitions and workshops. In 2014 we proudly gained recognition as an official 501(c)(3) organization and many joined our new membership program. During all this time we’ve been supported by some incredibly generous partners and sponsors (thanks to all of them too!).

This being the 21st century, we’ve spent a large amount of energy growing online too. These days we have a classy website, a Facebook page, plus Twitter and Instagram accounts. In 2013 we launched Image 37, and we now send out a monthly newsletter of Chicago and Midwest photography events to help photo lovers sort out their schedules.

We’re about to take one more big—huge—step as an organization: starting in 2015, Filter Photo will have a permanent gallery and workshop space in Chicago! We’ll be moving into the Hubbard Street Lofts at 1821 West Hubbard, just down the hall from the Johalla Projects gallery space where we’ve hosted several exhibitions in the past. Our new space will be for workshops, exhibitions, artist talks, and other community events (and you can drop in anytime just to say hi!).

We’ll also be sharing the space with one of our favorite Chicago organizations, LATITUDE. LATITUDE is a digital print lab that organizes an artist in residence program, workshops, artist talks, and reading and critique groups. Though both organizations will maintain their separate legal, financial, and directorial statuses, we see this as an opportunity to create a dedicated, high-end photo arts center for the City of Chicago.

You can expect lots more information about the space over the next couple of months, and of course feel free to send us any of your questions. We see this as the natural evolution of the organization as we continue to strive to meet our mission of serving the Chicago, Midwestern, and national photographic communities. Thank you for your support, we hope you can come celebrate with us once the space opens!

ryannolenlowry:

Hey - this is friday. Come look at some pictures on a wall, maybe pick up my book, then celebrate after?

Tons of great stuff happening this Friday; add this to the list!
For more area photo events and updates, follow our Twitter, Facebook and Google Calendar!

ryannolenlowry:

Hey - this is friday. Come look at some pictures on a wall, maybe pick up my book, then celebrate after?

Tons of great stuff happening this Friday; add this to the list!

For more area photo events and updates, follow our Twitter, Facebook and Google Calendar!

All images from the show Your Blues by Michael Schmelling
Accomplished Editorial and Music Photographer Michael Schmelling returned to his hometown of Chicago for an 18-month stay and immersed himself in the DIY music community - a scene he knows well. Mixing the energy of Larry Fink’s Somewhere There’s Music, with the social deviance of Larry Clark’s Tulsa, Schmelling manages to capture the energy of the crowd, performers, and idiosyncratic paraphernalia that defines the musical communities that have continued to put Chicago on the map as a major musical destination.
The MoCP has giant lineup of events to correspond with the exhibition, beginning on October 15 with a concert at The Empty Bottle with local acts Cairo Gang, Lucki Eck$, Negative Scanner, Nnamdi’s Sooper Dooper Secret Side Project, Mormon Toasterhead, The Funs and The Drum, with readings by Tim Kinsella and Jimmy Whispers.

Your BluesMichael SchmellingOctober 16 - December 21, 2014Reception: October 16, 5 - 7pmYr Blues Concert (at Empty Bottle): October 15, 8pm - 12amArtist Lecture: October 23, 6 - 7pmMuseum of Contemporary Photography600 South Michigan Ave
Zoom Info
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  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 800
  • f/11
  • 1/10th
  • 70mm
All images from the show Your Blues by Michael Schmelling
Accomplished Editorial and Music Photographer Michael Schmelling returned to his hometown of Chicago for an 18-month stay and immersed himself in the DIY music community - a scene he knows well. Mixing the energy of Larry Fink’s Somewhere There’s Music, with the social deviance of Larry Clark’s Tulsa, Schmelling manages to capture the energy of the crowd, performers, and idiosyncratic paraphernalia that defines the musical communities that have continued to put Chicago on the map as a major musical destination.
The MoCP has giant lineup of events to correspond with the exhibition, beginning on October 15 with a concert at The Empty Bottle with local acts Cairo Gang, Lucki Eck$, Negative Scanner, Nnamdi’s Sooper Dooper Secret Side Project, Mormon Toasterhead, The Funs and The Drum, with readings by Tim Kinsella and Jimmy Whispers.

Your BluesMichael SchmellingOctober 16 - December 21, 2014Reception: October 16, 5 - 7pmYr Blues Concert (at Empty Bottle): October 15, 8pm - 12amArtist Lecture: October 23, 6 - 7pmMuseum of Contemporary Photography600 South Michigan Ave
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 400
  • f/13
  • 1/60th
  • 85mm
All images from the show Your Blues by Michael Schmelling
Accomplished Editorial and Music Photographer Michael Schmelling returned to his hometown of Chicago for an 18-month stay and immersed himself in the DIY music community - a scene he knows well. Mixing the energy of Larry Fink’s Somewhere There’s Music, with the social deviance of Larry Clark’s Tulsa, Schmelling manages to capture the energy of the crowd, performers, and idiosyncratic paraphernalia that defines the musical communities that have continued to put Chicago on the map as a major musical destination.
The MoCP has giant lineup of events to correspond with the exhibition, beginning on October 15 with a concert at The Empty Bottle with local acts Cairo Gang, Lucki Eck$, Negative Scanner, Nnamdi’s Sooper Dooper Secret Side Project, Mormon Toasterhead, The Funs and The Drum, with readings by Tim Kinsella and Jimmy Whispers.

Your BluesMichael SchmellingOctober 16 - December 21, 2014Reception: October 16, 5 - 7pmYr Blues Concert (at Empty Bottle): October 15, 8pm - 12amArtist Lecture: October 23, 6 - 7pmMuseum of Contemporary Photography600 South Michigan Ave
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 3200
  • f/6.3
  • 1/60th
  • 200mm
All images from the show Your Blues by Michael Schmelling
Accomplished Editorial and Music Photographer Michael Schmelling returned to his hometown of Chicago for an 18-month stay and immersed himself in the DIY music community - a scene he knows well. Mixing the energy of Larry Fink’s Somewhere There’s Music, with the social deviance of Larry Clark’s Tulsa, Schmelling manages to capture the energy of the crowd, performers, and idiosyncratic paraphernalia that defines the musical communities that have continued to put Chicago on the map as a major musical destination.
The MoCP has giant lineup of events to correspond with the exhibition, beginning on October 15 with a concert at The Empty Bottle with local acts Cairo Gang, Lucki Eck$, Negative Scanner, Nnamdi’s Sooper Dooper Secret Side Project, Mormon Toasterhead, The Funs and The Drum, with readings by Tim Kinsella and Jimmy Whispers.

Your BluesMichael SchmellingOctober 16 - December 21, 2014Reception: October 16, 5 - 7pmYr Blues Concert (at Empty Bottle): October 15, 8pm - 12amArtist Lecture: October 23, 6 - 7pmMuseum of Contemporary Photography600 South Michigan Ave
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 800
  • f/18
  • 1/60th
  • 173mm

All images from the show Your Blues by Michael Schmelling

Accomplished Editorial and Music Photographer Michael Schmelling returned to his hometown of Chicago for an 18-month stay and immersed himself in the DIY music community - a scene he knows well. Mixing the energy of Larry Fink’s Somewhere There’s Music, with the social deviance of Larry Clark’s Tulsa, Schmelling manages to capture the energy of the crowd, performers, and idiosyncratic paraphernalia that defines the musical communities that have continued to put Chicago on the map as a major musical destination.

The MoCP has giant lineup of events to correspond with the exhibition, beginning on October 15 with a concert at The Empty Bottle with local acts Cairo Gang, Lucki Eck$, Negative Scanner, Nnamdi’s Sooper Dooper Secret Side Project, Mormon Toasterhead, The Funs and The Drum, with readings by Tim Kinsella and Jimmy Whispers.

Your Blues
Michael Schmelling
October 16 - December 21, 2014
Reception: October 16, 5 - 7pm
Yr Blues Concert (at Empty Bottle): October 15, 8pm - 12am
Artist Lecture: October 23, 6 - 7pm
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 South Michigan Ave

Filter Photo Book Exhibition Travels to Madison for the Wisconsin Book Festival

Exhibition Juror’s Choice: Red string by Yoshikatsu Fujii

May the Road Rise Up to Meet You by Sara Macel

Midwest Dirt by Nathan Pearce

Exhibition Runner-up: The Last Road North by Ben Huff

We were honored and humbled at the amount and diversity of submissions to this year’s Photo Book Exhibition. Having to comb through hundreds of entries from around the world, exhibition juror Gregory Harris of the DePaul Art Museum did a fantastic job of curating 30 beautiful photo books, covering a staggering breadth of subjects, processes and production.

If you missed the show during the 2014 Filter Photo Festival at Harrington College of Design, swing by Madison this weekend. Running concurrently with the Midwest SPE Conference, we’ll be traveling the show to The Bubbler at Madison Public Library, in conjunction with FlakPhoto, as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival. See you all this weekend!

Photo Book Exhibition
Filter Photo Group Show
October 13th – October 27th
Reception: October 18, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Madison Public Library
201 W. Mifflin St.

Madison, WI 53703

Judge Overturns IRS on Artist Tax Deductions

A bit of good news in the dwindling amount of victories for professional artists. I’m sure most working artists are used to hearing the phrase, “but what do you do for a living?” and in this monumental case the IRS reinforced this social norm. Luckily a judge in the US Tax Courts confirmed that one can indeed be an educator AND a professional artist who can rightfully make tax deductions - one of the few liberties artists have left as national budgets, grants and endowments are slashed left and right.

All images from the series We All We Got by Carlos Javier Ortiz

Since 2006, Chicagoan, Photographer and Filter Photo Book Exhibiting artist Carlos Javier Ortiz has been making images of the often talked about, but too-often accepted reality of youth violence in Chicago and Philadelphia. Dark and heart-wretching to even downright terrifying, Ortiz documents the aftermath of this senseless violence that grips our city. Yet somehow, through all the literal blood, sweat and tears, Ortiz manages to show the strength and resilience of the victims and their families, and bring back a sense of earnest and hopeful humanity to these communities that are often simply written off by everyone else.

Recently featured on WGN News, Ortiz is mounting a major exhibition at the newly re-missioned David Weinberg Photography Gallery, for their inaugural show, opening this week. This Thursday, October 9, you can buy tickets to a special “Impact Night,” which will directly benefit two non-profit organizations, Youth Service Project and Kids Off the Block. A public reception and discussions will occur throughout the month:

We All We Got
Carlos Javier Ortiz
October 10 - January 5
Impact Night: October 9, 6 - 9 PM
Reception & Book Signing: October 10, 5 - 8 PM
Artist Talk & Book Signing: October 11, 1 - 3 PM
Pulitzer Center Discussion: October 27, 5 - 6 PM
David Weinberg Photography
300 West Superior Ave
Chicago, IL

Panel Discussion: October 15th, 6-8 PM
Art Works Projects for Human Rights
625 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, IL 60654

Its really hard to believe that the 2014 Filter Photo Festival has come and gone. And while all the planning, organizing and funding was well worth the time and energy, it was gone in the blink of an eye. Thankfully, we can without a doubt say that this was the biggest, best and most energetic Filter Photo Festival yet!! From a powerful lecture by Carrie Mae Weems to a captivated audience, to portfolios and attendees from across the nation, to hugely inspiring exhibitions featuring work from around the world, we could’t be prouder, and look forward to an even better 2015 Filter Photo Festival!
Our warmest and most heartfelt thanks go out to all of our amazing jurors, sponsors, lecturers, teachers, reviewers and attendees who came together to create the most open, friendly and fun atmosphere we’ve ever experienced. We couldn’t do this without you! More recaps, news, and insight into the festival activities coming soon!
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 800
  • f/2
  • 1/125th
  • 23mm
Its really hard to believe that the 2014 Filter Photo Festival has come and gone. And while all the planning, organizing and funding was well worth the time and energy, it was gone in the blink of an eye. Thankfully, we can without a doubt say that this was the biggest, best and most energetic Filter Photo Festival yet!! From a powerful lecture by Carrie Mae Weems to a captivated audience, to portfolios and attendees from across the nation, to hugely inspiring exhibitions featuring work from around the world, we could’t be prouder, and look forward to an even better 2015 Filter Photo Festival!
Our warmest and most heartfelt thanks go out to all of our amazing jurors, sponsors, lecturers, teachers, reviewers and attendees who came together to create the most open, friendly and fun atmosphere we’ve ever experienced. We couldn’t do this without you! More recaps, news, and insight into the festival activities coming soon!
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 1250
  • f/2
  • 1/60th
  • 23mm
Its really hard to believe that the 2014 Filter Photo Festival has come and gone. And while all the planning, organizing and funding was well worth the time and energy, it was gone in the blink of an eye. Thankfully, we can without a doubt say that this was the biggest, best and most energetic Filter Photo Festival yet!! From a powerful lecture by Carrie Mae Weems to a captivated audience, to portfolios and attendees from across the nation, to hugely inspiring exhibitions featuring work from around the world, we could’t be prouder, and look forward to an even better 2015 Filter Photo Festival!
Our warmest and most heartfelt thanks go out to all of our amazing jurors, sponsors, lecturers, teachers, reviewers and attendees who came together to create the most open, friendly and fun atmosphere we’ve ever experienced. We couldn’t do this without you! More recaps, news, and insight into the festival activities coming soon!
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • SONY DSC-RX1R
  • 6400
  • f/2
  • 1/30th
  • 35mm
Its really hard to believe that the 2014 Filter Photo Festival has come and gone. And while all the planning, organizing and funding was well worth the time and energy, it was gone in the blink of an eye. Thankfully, we can without a doubt say that this was the biggest, best and most energetic Filter Photo Festival yet!! From a powerful lecture by Carrie Mae Weems to a captivated audience, to portfolios and attendees from across the nation, to hugely inspiring exhibitions featuring work from around the world, we could’t be prouder, and look forward to an even better 2015 Filter Photo Festival!
Our warmest and most heartfelt thanks go out to all of our amazing jurors, sponsors, lecturers, teachers, reviewers and attendees who came together to create the most open, friendly and fun atmosphere we’ve ever experienced. We couldn’t do this without you! More recaps, news, and insight into the festival activities coming soon!
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 1250
  • f/2
  • 1/125th
  • 23mm
Its really hard to believe that the 2014 Filter Photo Festival has come and gone. And while all the planning, organizing and funding was well worth the time and energy, it was gone in the blink of an eye. Thankfully, we can without a doubt say that this was the biggest, best and most energetic Filter Photo Festival yet!! From a powerful lecture by Carrie Mae Weems to a captivated audience, to portfolios and attendees from across the nation, to hugely inspiring exhibitions featuring work from around the world, we could’t be prouder, and look forward to an even better 2015 Filter Photo Festival!
Our warmest and most heartfelt thanks go out to all of our amazing jurors, sponsors, lecturers, teachers, reviewers and attendees who came together to create the most open, friendly and fun atmosphere we’ve ever experienced. We couldn’t do this without you! More recaps, news, and insight into the festival activities coming soon!
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 1250
  • f/2
  • 1/125th
  • 23mm
Its really hard to believe that the 2014 Filter Photo Festival has come and gone. And while all the planning, organizing and funding was well worth the time and energy, it was gone in the blink of an eye. Thankfully, we can without a doubt say that this was the biggest, best and most energetic Filter Photo Festival yet!! From a powerful lecture by Carrie Mae Weems to a captivated audience, to portfolios and attendees from across the nation, to hugely inspiring exhibitions featuring work from around the world, we could’t be prouder, and look forward to an even better 2015 Filter Photo Festival!
Our warmest and most heartfelt thanks go out to all of our amazing jurors, sponsors, lecturers, teachers, reviewers and attendees who came together to create the most open, friendly and fun atmosphere we’ve ever experienced. We couldn’t do this without you! More recaps, news, and insight into the festival activities coming soon!
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 1250
  • f/2
  • 1/30th
  • 23mm
Its really hard to believe that the 2014 Filter Photo Festival has come and gone. And while all the planning, organizing and funding was well worth the time and energy, it was gone in the blink of an eye. Thankfully, we can without a doubt say that this was the biggest, best and most energetic Filter Photo Festival yet!! From a powerful lecture by Carrie Mae Weems to a captivated audience, to portfolios and attendees from across the nation, to hugely inspiring exhibitions featuring work from around the world, we could’t be prouder, and look forward to an even better 2015 Filter Photo Festival!
Our warmest and most heartfelt thanks go out to all of our amazing jurors, sponsors, lecturers, teachers, reviewers and attendees who came together to create the most open, friendly and fun atmosphere we’ve ever experienced. We couldn’t do this without you! More recaps, news, and insight into the festival activities coming soon!
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 1250
  • f/2
  • 1/125th
  • 23mm
Its really hard to believe that the 2014 Filter Photo Festival has come and gone. And while all the planning, organizing and funding was well worth the time and energy, it was gone in the blink of an eye. Thankfully, we can without a doubt say that this was the biggest, best and most energetic Filter Photo Festival yet!! From a powerful lecture by Carrie Mae Weems to a captivated audience, to portfolios and attendees from across the nation, to hugely inspiring exhibitions featuring work from around the world, we could’t be prouder, and look forward to an even better 2015 Filter Photo Festival!
Our warmest and most heartfelt thanks go out to all of our amazing jurors, sponsors, lecturers, teachers, reviewers and attendees who came together to create the most open, friendly and fun atmosphere we’ve ever experienced. We couldn’t do this without you! More recaps, news, and insight into the festival activities coming soon!
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 1250
  • f/2
  • 1/60th
  • 23mm
Its really hard to believe that the 2014 Filter Photo Festival has come and gone. And while all the planning, organizing and funding was well worth the time and energy, it was gone in the blink of an eye. Thankfully, we can without a doubt say that this was the biggest, best and most energetic Filter Photo Festival yet!! From a powerful lecture by Carrie Mae Weems to a captivated audience, to portfolios and attendees from across the nation, to hugely inspiring exhibitions featuring work from around the world, we could’t be prouder, and look forward to an even better 2015 Filter Photo Festival!
Our warmest and most heartfelt thanks go out to all of our amazing jurors, sponsors, lecturers, teachers, reviewers and attendees who came together to create the most open, friendly and fun atmosphere we’ve ever experienced. We couldn’t do this without you! More recaps, news, and insight into the festival activities coming soon!
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 1250
  • f/2
  • 1/125th
  • 23mm

Its really hard to believe that the 2014 Filter Photo Festival has come and gone. And while all the planning, organizing and funding was well worth the time and energy, it was gone in the blink of an eye. Thankfully, we can without a doubt say that this was the biggest, best and most energetic Filter Photo Festival yet!! From a powerful lecture by Carrie Mae Weems to a captivated audience, to portfolios and attendees from across the nation, to hugely inspiring exhibitions featuring work from around the world, we could’t be prouder, and look forward to an even better 2015 Filter Photo Festival!

Our warmest and most heartfelt thanks go out to all of our amazing jurors, sponsors, lecturers, teachers, reviewers and attendees who came together to create the most open, friendly and fun atmosphere we’ve ever experienced. We couldn’t do this without you! More recaps, news, and insight into the festival activities coming soon!

All works by Daniel Hojnacki

In mid-September local photographer, artist, bicyclist, good friend and all-around awesome guy Daniel Hojnacki was struck head-on by a car while on his bike. After a lengthy hospital stay, Dan is still facing several long months of recovery. While his insurance covers some medical expenses, it doesn’t begin to cover months of missed work and other bills. Please consider donating to the GiveForward fund his friends have set up. If you’re in the Chicago Area, come to the Benefit Event at Beauty Bar Chicago on October 2, 9pm. A Minimum donation of $5 gets you a free PBR, and most of the Chicago artistic and biking community is expected to be present!

Dan’s work is intelligent, intriguing, and pushes the envelope of what a photograph is. Often dealing with images of nature, Hojnacki often utilizes graffiti art tactics to install his work - either in the gallery or on urban streets. Recently completing a residency in Argentina, he has also shown in numerous galleries, including Chicago’s Schneider Gallery and The Coat Check.

Dan Hojnacki Benefit Event
October 2, 9 pm - 2 am
Beauty Bar Chicago
1444 West Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the first evening of 2014 Filter Photo Festival events! A HUGE thanks to our lecturer Eli Reed, Photo Book Exhibition juror Greg Harris, and our hosts at Harrington College of Design
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 1250
  • f/2
  • 1/125th
  • 23mm
Thanks to everyone who made it out to the first evening of 2014 Filter Photo Festival events! A HUGE thanks to our lecturer Eli Reed, Photo Book Exhibition juror Greg Harris, and our hosts at Harrington College of Design
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 1250
  • f/2
  • 1/250th
  • 23mm
Thanks to everyone who made it out to the first evening of 2014 Filter Photo Festival events! A HUGE thanks to our lecturer Eli Reed, Photo Book Exhibition juror Greg Harris, and our hosts at Harrington College of Design
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 1600
  • f/2
  • 1/30th
  • 23mm
Thanks to everyone who made it out to the first evening of 2014 Filter Photo Festival events! A HUGE thanks to our lecturer Eli Reed, Photo Book Exhibition juror Greg Harris, and our hosts at Harrington College of Design
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Fujifilm FinePix X100
  • 1600
  • f/2
  • 1/250th
  • 23mm

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the first evening of 2014 Filter Photo Festival events! A HUGE thanks to our lecturer Eli Reed, Photo Book Exhibition juror Greg Harris, and our hosts at Harrington College of Design