Lewis Hine, Girl worker in Carolina Cotton Mill, 1908
Photographer Lewis Hine is synonymous with child labor laws and worker reform. Take some time this Labor Day to browse through his collection of images in the Library of Congress, and celebrate the long battle for workers rights that continue today, and increasingly it seems in our public schools.

Lewis Hine, Girl worker in Carolina Cotton Mill, 1908

Photographer Lewis Hine is synonymous with child labor laws and worker reform. Take some time this Labor Day to browse through his collection of images in the Library of Congress, and celebrate the long battle for workers rights that continue today, and increasingly it seems in our public schools.

Barbara DeGenevieve: Irrepressible, Irresistible, Irreplacable. : Bad at Sports

Bad at Sports did a nice write up on the late artist Barbara DeGeneveive. Her legacy lives on through her work, students and colleagues, and I doubt many would disagree that she was one of Chicago’s most innovative and influential contemporary artists.

All images from the show Life and/or Death

1 - Kevin Kunishi
2 - Larry Schwarm
3 - Corey Arnold
4 - Justine Reyes
5 - Tara Bogart
6 - Matt Eich

Kevin Miyazaki of Collect.Give is at it again. Tiny Tiny Group Show is a website featuring regular shows of online images. Take some time this holiday weekend to check out the second show, Life and/or Death.

All images from the series The Italian Portfolio: Evidence of Hands on Stone by Jeff Curto

Review by W. Tanner Young as part of the featured Filter Photo Member Photo Set Series

Jeff Curto’s passion for photography is obvious, if not in the mastership of the images themselves, then in his long history of involvement within the community. Professor Emeritus at the College of DuPage, Curto also serves on the Board of Directors for both SPE and Filter Photo. His traditional approach to photography is refreshing in both its earnestness and dreamlike scenery. In this series, Curto strips down his photography to the building blocks of the medium - form, light, and time - with an attention to detail and outward appreciation for Italian culture and architecture reminiscent of Eugène Atget’s photographs of Paris at the turn of the century.

We’re very excited to continue our fantastic partnership with Columbia College and the MoCP. This year, CCC/MoCP will sponsor the 2014 Filter Photo Festival keynote artist lecture by Carrie Mae Weems as part of their Lectures in Photography Series! Curator Karsten Lund will also give a special tour of the MoCP’s current show, Phantoms in the Dirt, as part of the Festival schedule.
For a list of other fantastic and exciting Festival events, check out our Festival Calendar page!

We’re very excited to continue our fantastic partnership with Columbia College and the MoCP. This year, CCC/MoCP will sponsor the 2014 Filter Photo Festival keynote artist lecture by Carrie Mae Weems as part of their Lectures in Photography Series! Curator Karsten Lund will also give a special tour of the MoCP’s current show, Phantoms in the Dirt, as part of the Festival schedule.

For a list of other fantastic and exciting Festival events, check out our Festival Calendar page!

Filter Photo Interview: Mary Virginia Swanson

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Mary Virginia Swanson is a respected creative consultant on marketing, licensing and publishing fine art photography.  Her publications, articles and blog are invaluable resources for photographers that can be found at mvswanson.com. The website for her book coauthored with Darius Himes is publishyourphotographybook.com.

She is pleased to review any work and advise participating artists on what markets are most likely to respond positively to their imagery. In addition to viewing examples of final prints, she encourages artists to bring samples of marketing materials they are currently utilizing to promote themselves, and mock-ups of catalogues / monographs in the planning stages.  Lastly, sharing your website during your session will allow her to advise on its effectiveness in presenting your work. Mary Virginia is a Filter Photo Festival 2014 reviewer, and will present her workshop Finding New Audiences for your Photography with Mary Virginia Swanson on Thursday, September 25.

Interview by Jeff Phillips

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Photo courtesy of mswanson.com

Jeff Phillips: You’re a respected creative consultant and industry speaker in high demand. Tell us about a high point of your career that remains special to you.

Mary Virginia Swanson: Receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Griffin Museum last year gave me the opportunity to look back and acknowledge many individuals I have had the great fortune to study with and work alongside.  

I believe we’ve learned from each of our mentors onward to the next step in our professional and personal lives, shaping who we are today.

JP: You’ve seen photography evolve dramatically over the years, through the experience of photographers, buyers, art directors, and educators. What is most exciting to you about the business today? 

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The Ladies on the Bench - The New Yorker

We were just a bunch of girls out having fun. Why would anyone take our picture?” Garry Winogrand’s ladies of the bench talk back. It’s always interesting to hear the perspective from the ordinary pedestrians that stepped into history through the lenses of some of photography’s greatest. On a day like today – a day just like any other day – what is it about a photograph that can elevate it to a symbol of art and humanities?

Filter Photo Interview: Paul Berlanga


Pictus Interuptus, 1980, Ray Metzker

Paul Berlanga studied humanities at the University of Illinois in the 1970s. In 1997, Berlanga became Director of the Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago. The gallery offers a range of work but specializes in vintage photographs, with an emphasis on modernist experimental and social documentary subject matter.  As director he chose artists to represent and curated exhibitions.  He has written and edited texts for gallery catalogues and related publications, his favorite of which was the 2008 PowerHouse monograph Wayne Miller Photographs 1942-1958.

Since 2011 Berlanga has been engaged with his own venture, Berlanga Fine Art & Photographs, which offers examples of interesting and beautiful photography, as well as other works on paper, and special books.  Berlanga also represents a select group of classic and emerging photographers, and recently added the works of Vivian Maier to his inventory.  He has written for outside publications, such as the article on Sandro Miller’s Atropa Black, in the spring 2012 issue of the Amsterdam-based Eyemazing Magazine. That same year Berlanga spent a week in Havana, Cuba on independent assignment as general editor of a forthcoming book on a collection of contemporary Cuban photography; his duties included advising on acquisitions. In June of 2012 he moderated an on-stage discussion between two accomplished photographers, the Spaniard Jordi Socias, and the American Stephen Schapiro, at the Instituto Cervantes in Chicago.


Interview by W. Tanner Young


425 S. Wabash (Looking East), Chicago, 2013, Brad Temkin

W Tanner Young: Your primary interests include over 20 years of experience with publishing and selling photo books - which is quite in vogue as of late (not least of which is Filter Photo’s 1st Photo Book show!). I’m sure many attendees will bring their books to portfolio reviews. Could you tell me what you look for and appreciate when looking at photo books, and if you review these differently than portfolio prints?

Paul Berlanga: I crave originality. Regarding either books or portfolios, that is the primary requirement. Following that, is quality of execution. I join others in the field in recommending that if the artist is going to self-publish, he or she needs to hold their printing house to the highest possible standards. In books, I look first for content, then for the quality of the reproduction, the quality of the design of the book, the weight and finish of the paper stock, as well as what kind of care has gone into the binding. I try to look at each portfolio print as if it’s the only work of art I’m going to see that day.



WTY: Berlanga Fine Art – which you’ll be representing as a reviewer for this year’s festival –  includes contemporary mixed-media and experimental photo artists, while Daiter Gallery’s primary interests lie in vintage prints and avant garde, experimental, documentary and photojournalistic techniques. Is there a particular aesthetic you’re interested in or prefer to review?

PB: I think art can have power while at the same time exhibiting beauty and elegance. I would call myself a classicist with an edge.


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All images by Maggie Meiners
Review by W. Tanner Young as part of the featured Filter Member Photo Set Series
Maggie Meiners has been a supporter of Filter Photo for years; she currently serves as Secretary on our Board of Directors. Its hard to imagine a Filter Photo Festival without her there, like so many other fantastic people who have helped shape and grow our organization, and we hope we don’t have to imagine for a long, long time! But beyond that, Meiners is also a talented and thoughtful photographer. The two series above, Rock On ! Nostalgia Reframed, and I Hear With My Eyes, focus of different subjects, but both show an inherent interest with the idea of perception.
For Rock On, Meiners revisits Norman Rockwell and the “Golden Age” of America, reexamining ideas and social perceptions of what was, what was lost, and what was never there, drawing comparisons to modern day scenarios. In I Hear With My Eyes, Meiners explores the idea of perception, literally. Drawing on her life-long hearing disabilities, she shows us the world of patterns, body language and social cues she had to adapt to as a child, to fit in with the world around her.
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  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 3200
  • f/4.5
  • 1/40th
  • 50mm
All images by Maggie Meiners
Review by W. Tanner Young as part of the featured Filter Member Photo Set Series
Maggie Meiners has been a supporter of Filter Photo for years; she currently serves as Secretary on our Board of Directors. Its hard to imagine a Filter Photo Festival without her there, like so many other fantastic people who have helped shape and grow our organization, and we hope we don’t have to imagine for a long, long time! But beyond that, Meiners is also a talented and thoughtful photographer. The two series above, Rock On ! Nostalgia Reframed, and I Hear With My Eyes, focus of different subjects, but both show an inherent interest with the idea of perception.
For Rock On, Meiners revisits Norman Rockwell and the “Golden Age” of America, reexamining ideas and social perceptions of what was, what was lost, and what was never there, drawing comparisons to modern day scenarios. In I Hear With My Eyes, Meiners explores the idea of perception, literally. Drawing on her life-long hearing disabilities, she shows us the world of patterns, body language and social cues she had to adapt to as a child, to fit in with the world around her.
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 400
  • f/2.8
  • 1/15th
  • 70mm
All images by Maggie Meiners
Review by W. Tanner Young as part of the featured Filter Member Photo Set Series
Maggie Meiners has been a supporter of Filter Photo for years; she currently serves as Secretary on our Board of Directors. Its hard to imagine a Filter Photo Festival without her there, like so many other fantastic people who have helped shape and grow our organization, and we hope we don’t have to imagine for a long, long time! But beyond that, Meiners is also a talented and thoughtful photographer. The two series above, Rock On ! Nostalgia Reframed, and I Hear With My Eyes, focus of different subjects, but both show an inherent interest with the idea of perception.
For Rock On, Meiners revisits Norman Rockwell and the “Golden Age” of America, reexamining ideas and social perceptions of what was, what was lost, and what was never there, drawing comparisons to modern day scenarios. In I Hear With My Eyes, Meiners explores the idea of perception, literally. Drawing on her life-long hearing disabilities, she shows us the world of patterns, body language and social cues she had to adapt to as a child, to fit in with the world around her.
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 100
  • f/16
  • 1/125th
  • 58mm
All images by Maggie Meiners
Review by W. Tanner Young as part of the featured Filter Member Photo Set Series
Maggie Meiners has been a supporter of Filter Photo for years; she currently serves as Secretary on our Board of Directors. Its hard to imagine a Filter Photo Festival without her there, like so many other fantastic people who have helped shape and grow our organization, and we hope we don’t have to imagine for a long, long time! But beyond that, Meiners is also a talented and thoughtful photographer. The two series above, Rock On ! Nostalgia Reframed, and I Hear With My Eyes, focus of different subjects, but both show an inherent interest with the idea of perception.
For Rock On, Meiners revisits Norman Rockwell and the “Golden Age” of America, reexamining ideas and social perceptions of what was, what was lost, and what was never there, drawing comparisons to modern day scenarios. In I Hear With My Eyes, Meiners explores the idea of perception, literally. Drawing on her life-long hearing disabilities, she shows us the world of patterns, body language and social cues she had to adapt to as a child, to fit in with the world around her.
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 400
  • f/4.5
  • 1/60th
  • 85mm
All images by Maggie Meiners
Review by W. Tanner Young as part of the featured Filter Member Photo Set Series
Maggie Meiners has been a supporter of Filter Photo for years; she currently serves as Secretary on our Board of Directors. Its hard to imagine a Filter Photo Festival without her there, like so many other fantastic people who have helped shape and grow our organization, and we hope we don’t have to imagine for a long, long time! But beyond that, Meiners is also a talented and thoughtful photographer. The two series above, Rock On ! Nostalgia Reframed, and I Hear With My Eyes, focus of different subjects, but both show an inherent interest with the idea of perception.
For Rock On, Meiners revisits Norman Rockwell and the “Golden Age” of America, reexamining ideas and social perceptions of what was, what was lost, and what was never there, drawing comparisons to modern day scenarios. In I Hear With My Eyes, Meiners explores the idea of perception, literally. Drawing on her life-long hearing disabilities, she shows us the world of patterns, body language and social cues she had to adapt to as a child, to fit in with the world around her.
Zoom Info
  • Camera
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 400
  • f/4.5
  • 1/60th
  • 90mm

All images by Maggie Meiners

Review by W. Tanner Young as part of the featured Filter Member Photo Set Series

Maggie Meiners has been a supporter of Filter Photo for years; she currently serves as Secretary on our Board of Directors. Its hard to imagine a Filter Photo Festival without her there, like so many other fantastic people who have helped shape and grow our organization, and we hope we don’t have to imagine for a long, long time! But beyond that, Meiners is also a talented and thoughtful photographer. The two series above, Rock On ! Nostalgia Reframed, and I Hear With My Eyes, focus of different subjects, but both show an inherent interest with the idea of perception.

For Rock On, Meiners revisits Norman Rockwell and the “Golden Age” of America, reexamining ideas and social perceptions of what was, what was lost, and what was never there, drawing comparisons to modern day scenarios. In I Hear With My Eyes, Meiners explores the idea of perception, literally. Drawing on her life-long hearing disabilities, she shows us the world of patterns, body language and social cues she had to adapt to as a child, to fit in with the world around her.