All images from the series It Would All Lose Purpose by Elaine Miller

Elaine Miller has been creating a name for herself since recently moving to Chicago. A part of the Catherine Edelman Gallery’s The Chicago Project, she was also in a recent show at Woman Made Gallery, and spotlighted on PDN for her work with portrait photographer Paul Elledge. See her work along with other photographs that explore unresolved narratives in the 2014 Filter Photo Festival Exhibition, This May Have Happened, juried by Gordon Stettinius, at David Weinberg Photography.

Ethereal and morose, Miller’s work utilizes a traditional view cameras in black and white to create extremely intimate and haunting images. And, if they were selected for This May Have Happened for any reason, its because their unresolved narrative conceal a story one would hope to never know. Reeling from the expected death of her father, followed by the sudden death of her sister, the photographs in It Would All Lose Purpose cope with this loss by attempting a deeper understanding and documentation of her surviving family, pairing them with objects symbolizing two she lost.

This May Have Happened
September 5th – September 27th
Juror’s Reception: Friday, September 26, 6:30-9 pm
David Weinberg Photography
300 W Superior St #203

CALL + RESPONSE + RESPONSE

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CALL + RESPONSE + RESPONSE – presented by the International Center of Photography featuring the 2015 ICP-Bard MFA Candidates – is an immersive PHOTOVILLE 2014 exhibition that demonstrates how photography operates as a conversational tool that initiates engagement and triggers discourse.

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LVL3 interviews this week featuring:Artist of the Week: Anders RuhwaldSpotlight: Lauren AyersLooks: Barbara í GonginiTunes: Blue Hawaii
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LVL3 interviews this week featuring:Artist of the Week: Anders RuhwaldSpotlight: Lauren AyersLooks: Barbara í GonginiTunes: Blue Hawaii
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LVL3 interviews this week featuring:Artist of the Week: Anders RuhwaldSpotlight: Lauren AyersLooks: Barbara í GonginiTunes: Blue Hawaii
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LVL3 interviews this week featuring:

Artist of the Week: Anders Ruhwald
Spotlight: Lauren Ayers
Looks: Barbara í Gongini
Tunes: Blue Hawaii

We should allow failing arts organizations to die.

An interesting article regarding public and private funding of arts organizations. Are all of them beneficial to the community, or do some choke out funding to more progressive organizations, by continuing to be funded. Should the staff in charge of running them be held accountable for running them into the ground, and rewarded for continued beneficial programming? One can’t help but look to the recent announcement of the closing of the Corcoran Gallery - America’s oldest gallery - who languished through decades of mismanagement and is only now closing. Could that funding have gone elsewhere?

Filter Photo Interview: David Bram

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imageCover of Fraction Magazine, Issue #53, featuring Alan Hunter

David Bram is a reviewer for the 2013 Filter Photo Festival and the Editor, Founder, and Curator of Fraction Magazine. Together with Jennifer Schwartz, Bram runs Flash Powder Projects, a residency program for photographers. You can read his full bio on the Filter site here.

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Bram reviewing a portfolio during the Flash Powder Projects residency

By Jeff Philips, edited by James Pepper Kelly

Jeff Phillips: You’re the founder of Fraction Magazine, now in its fifth year.  What is it about Fraction that makes it so successful?

David Bram: The work that I choose to feature hasn’t been all over the Internet. Fraction is the place to find great, undiscovered work, from around the globe. As an editor and owner, I’m free to show what I like, without regards to its popularity.

JP:  Why did you start Fraction Magazine, and what drives you to keep doing it?

DB: Originally, Fraction was created to showcase the work of New Mexico based photographers. That’s still the case. If there’s someone from New Mexico whose work fits, then I’ll do my best to show that person.  Fraction has opened a lot of doors for me, and has created many opportunities. I keep doing it because I get to work with really terrific people, and I think I’m helping our community by showing the best of the best.

JP: You see a lot of photography come across your desk.  What kind of work has the most appeal for you? 

DB: It might seem too easy to answer with, “the work that has the most originality,” but it’s true. In Issue 53, the work of Alan Hunter and Paul Thulin was so fresh and unseen that I just had to show it. I believe Fraction is the first to show their art to a larger crowd.

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There are still some single review spots available with Fraction Mag Editor David Bram for the 2014 Filter Photo Festival. Read our interview with him from the 2013 Festival!

Filter Photo Interview: Allison Grant

imageYou’ll Never Walk Alone, 1999, Julie Henry, From Exhibit Spectator Sports

Allison Grant is Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, where she has worked since 2008. She has assisted with numerous exhibitions and curated the show Our Origins in 2011 and Spectator Sports in 2013. Grant holds an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago and a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Media Studies. She currently teaches as an Adjunct Faculty member in the Photography and Art & Design departments at Columbia College Chicago.

Interview by W. Tanner Young

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From the series Unsoiled by Allison Grant

W. Tanner Young: As a curator, educator and photographer yourself, you hold a very unique position in the photo community. Do you find that these positions all inform each other, and what effect has this had on the way you view other’s work?

Allison Grant: Yes, I do think my own art practice, my curatorial work, and my teaching all inform one another. My work invigorates me and keeps me always thinking and moving, in part because it is diverse and challenging. Working in these varied capacities involves a lot of reflection on how imagery and perception work. I have found that I have a much deeper appreciation for types of art and photography that I would never make myself because I am a curator and educator.

WTY: Your personal work deals very much with the natural world, both organic and artificial, and the intersection of the two. Tell me about your personal projects, the process and what first inspired your interest in this subject.

AG: In 2006, I moved to Chicago for graduate school from suburban Cincinnati and began photographing in Chicago’s parks and forest preserves. For whatever reason, I was never drawn to photograph urban life and found myself turning to the park systems as a way to exclude the city from my pictures. Spending time in these spaces caused me to reconsider how I defined nature. Without really realizing it, my impression of the natural world had been almost entirely shaped by the region of Ohio that I had grown up in and the photographs of wilderness that filter through our media culture. I conceived of nature as a place that remained unused by human beings because that is how it appeared in photographs and in the undeveloped plots of land that make up much of the Ohio landscape.

In Chicago, I was photographing in spaces that were specifically set aside for recreational use. These places are heavily trafficked and littered with trash. Deer and other forest animals that live in the preserves are tame and will come right up to you. Suddenly, the idea of “nature” was reconfigured in my mind. Instead of being places that were uninhabited, wild, and free of people, these spaces were anything but.

2006 was also the year that Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth was released. At the same time that my thoughts about the conditions of the natural world were shifting, the topic of global warming was becoming part of a major public discussion about humankind’s interconnection with the natural world. I decided that this idea was compelling enough to give it some deep thought and began making pictures about nature and what “nature” means shortly thereafter.

A lot of my work as an artist and as a curator deals with questions about how we understand ourselves as individuals in relation to systems so vast that we can only partly comprehend them. I think that my work with nature considers how we conceive of our relationship to natural systems, which stems from that root inquiry.

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From the series Nature of Instability by Allison Grant

WTY: I’m sure the MoCP receives a good number of portfolio submissions - What’s your process like when you review portfolios? Is there a specific aesthetic you gravitate towards? How do you and the other curators collaborate to select artists for the collection and exhibitions?

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from the series, it would lose all purpose ©elainemiller

Also see work from this series at the 2014 Filter Photo Festival juried exhibition This May Have Happened!

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from the series, it would lose all purpose ©elainemiller

Also see work from this series at the 2014 Filter Photo Festival juried exhibition This May Have Happened!

A few images from last night’s opening of This May Have Happened at David Weinberg Photography. We’re of course very pleased to be teaming up with the stellar group at Weinberg for a 3rd year(!), and couldn’t be happier with the outstanding job juror Gordon Stettinius did curating this show, and encourage you to join us for the special juror’s reception on September 26th, during the 2014 Filter Photo Festival.

A special thanks goes out to our good friends and Festival sponsors at Tamarkin Camera for letting us demo a beautiful Leica D-Lux 6 for these photos!
This May Have HappenedSeptember 5 - 27Juror’s Reception: September 26, 6:30 - 9 PMDavid Weinberg Photography300 West Superior StChicago, IL
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A few images from last night’s opening of This May Have Happened at David Weinberg Photography. We’re of course very pleased to be teaming up with the stellar group at Weinberg for a 3rd year(!), and couldn’t be happier with the outstanding job juror Gordon Stettinius did curating this show, and encourage you to join us for the special juror’s reception on September 26th, during the 2014 Filter Photo Festival.

A special thanks goes out to our good friends and Festival sponsors at Tamarkin Camera for letting us demo a beautiful Leica D-Lux 6 for these photos!
This May Have HappenedSeptember 5 - 27Juror’s Reception: September 26, 6:30 - 9 PMDavid Weinberg Photography300 West Superior StChicago, IL
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  • Aperture
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  • LEICA D-LUX 6
  • 100
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  • 1/60th
  • 4mm
A few images from last night’s opening of This May Have Happened at David Weinberg Photography. We’re of course very pleased to be teaming up with the stellar group at Weinberg for a 3rd year(!), and couldn’t be happier with the outstanding job juror Gordon Stettinius did curating this show, and encourage you to join us for the special juror’s reception on September 26th, during the 2014 Filter Photo Festival.

A special thanks goes out to our good friends and Festival sponsors at Tamarkin Camera for letting us demo a beautiful Leica D-Lux 6 for these photos!
This May Have HappenedSeptember 5 - 27Juror’s Reception: September 26, 6:30 - 9 PMDavid Weinberg Photography300 West Superior StChicago, IL
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  • LEICA D-LUX 6
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  • 4mm
A few images from last night’s opening of This May Have Happened at David Weinberg Photography. We’re of course very pleased to be teaming up with the stellar group at Weinberg for a 3rd year(!), and couldn’t be happier with the outstanding job juror Gordon Stettinius did curating this show, and encourage you to join us for the special juror’s reception on September 26th, during the 2014 Filter Photo Festival.

A special thanks goes out to our good friends and Festival sponsors at Tamarkin Camera for letting us demo a beautiful Leica D-Lux 6 for these photos!
This May Have HappenedSeptember 5 - 27Juror’s Reception: September 26, 6:30 - 9 PMDavid Weinberg Photography300 West Superior StChicago, IL
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A few images from last night’s opening of This May Have Happened at David Weinberg Photography. We’re of course very pleased to be teaming up with the stellar group at Weinberg for a 3rd year(!), and couldn’t be happier with the outstanding job juror Gordon Stettinius did curating this show, and encourage you to join us for the special juror’s reception on September 26th, during the 2014 Filter Photo Festival.

A special thanks goes out to our good friends and Festival sponsors at Tamarkin Camera for letting us demo a beautiful Leica D-Lux 6 for these photos!
This May Have HappenedSeptember 5 - 27Juror’s Reception: September 26, 6:30 - 9 PMDavid Weinberg Photography300 West Superior StChicago, IL
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  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • LEICA D-LUX 6
  • 200
  • f/1.4
  • 1/60th
  • 4mm

A few images from last night’s opening of This May Have Happened at David Weinberg Photography. We’re of course very pleased to be teaming up with the stellar group at Weinberg for a 3rd year(!), and couldn’t be happier with the outstanding job juror Gordon Stettinius did curating this show, and encourage you to join us for the special juror’s reception on September 26th, during the 2014 Filter Photo Festival.

A special thanks goes out to our good friends and Festival sponsors at Tamarkin Camera for letting us demo a beautiful Leica D-Lux 6 for these photos!

This May Have Happened
September 5 - 27
Juror’s Reception: September 26, 6:30 - 9 PM
David Weinberg Photography
300 West Superior St
Chicago, IL

1 - Amiko Wenjia Li2 - Daniel W. Coburn3 - Stacy Kranitz4 - Amy Friend5 - Lex Thompson6 - Elaine Miller
For this year’s Filter Photo Festival Juried Exhibition, Gordon Stettinius of Candela Books + Gallery (and 2014 Festival Reviewer!) considered the narrative function of a photograph. Yet, rather than look to the serial nature of traditional photography to provide and lay out a story, Stettinius embraced the amalgamative nature of a group show, and a narrative in the unresolved. From the humorous and inexplicable, to enigmatic, to dark and unsavory, This May Have Happened is tightly and carefully curated, but leaves one with more questions than answers.
If you’re in Chicago this week, swing by the opening reception at David Weinberg Photography this Friday, Sept 5! Otherwise, we hope to see you all for the special juror’s reception during the 2014 Filter Photo Festival on September 26th.

This May Have HappenedSeptember 5 - 27Opening Reception: September 5, 5 - 8 PMJuror’s Reception: September 26, 6:30 - 9 PMDavid Weinberg Photography300 West Superior Ave, Floor 2Chicago, IL
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1 - Amiko Wenjia Li2 - Daniel W. Coburn3 - Stacy Kranitz4 - Amy Friend5 - Lex Thompson6 - Elaine Miller
For this year’s Filter Photo Festival Juried Exhibition, Gordon Stettinius of Candela Books + Gallery (and 2014 Festival Reviewer!) considered the narrative function of a photograph. Yet, rather than look to the serial nature of traditional photography to provide and lay out a story, Stettinius embraced the amalgamative nature of a group show, and a narrative in the unresolved. From the humorous and inexplicable, to enigmatic, to dark and unsavory, This May Have Happened is tightly and carefully curated, but leaves one with more questions than answers.
If you’re in Chicago this week, swing by the opening reception at David Weinberg Photography this Friday, Sept 5! Otherwise, we hope to see you all for the special juror’s reception during the 2014 Filter Photo Festival on September 26th.

This May Have HappenedSeptember 5 - 27Opening Reception: September 5, 5 - 8 PMJuror’s Reception: September 26, 6:30 - 9 PMDavid Weinberg Photography300 West Superior Ave, Floor 2Chicago, IL
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1 - Amiko Wenjia Li2 - Daniel W. Coburn3 - Stacy Kranitz4 - Amy Friend5 - Lex Thompson6 - Elaine Miller
For this year’s Filter Photo Festival Juried Exhibition, Gordon Stettinius of Candela Books + Gallery (and 2014 Festival Reviewer!) considered the narrative function of a photograph. Yet, rather than look to the serial nature of traditional photography to provide and lay out a story, Stettinius embraced the amalgamative nature of a group show, and a narrative in the unresolved. From the humorous and inexplicable, to enigmatic, to dark and unsavory, This May Have Happened is tightly and carefully curated, but leaves one with more questions than answers.
If you’re in Chicago this week, swing by the opening reception at David Weinberg Photography this Friday, Sept 5! Otherwise, we hope to see you all for the special juror’s reception during the 2014 Filter Photo Festival on September 26th.

This May Have HappenedSeptember 5 - 27Opening Reception: September 5, 5 - 8 PMJuror’s Reception: September 26, 6:30 - 9 PMDavid Weinberg Photography300 West Superior Ave, Floor 2Chicago, IL
Zoom Info
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  • Nikon LS-8000

1 - Amiko Wenjia Li
2 - Daniel W. Coburn
3 - Stacy Kranitz
4 - Amy Friend
5 - Lex Thompson
6 - Elaine Miller

For this year’s Filter Photo Festival Juried Exhibition, Gordon Stettinius of Candela Books + Gallery (and 2014 Festival Reviewer!) considered the narrative function of a photograph. Yet, rather than look to the serial nature of traditional photography to provide and lay out a story, Stettinius embraced the amalgamative nature of a group show, and a narrative in the unresolved. From the humorous and inexplicable, to enigmatic, to dark and unsavory, This May Have Happened is tightly and carefully curated, but leaves one with more questions than answers.

If you’re in Chicago this week, swing by the opening reception at David Weinberg Photography this Friday, Sept 5! Otherwise, we hope to see you all for the special juror’s reception during the 2014 Filter Photo Festival on September 26th.

This May Have Happened
September 5 - 27
Opening Reception: September 5, 5 - 8 PM
Juror’s Reception: September 26, 6:30 - 9 PM
David Weinberg Photography
300 West Superior Ave, Floor 2
Chicago, IL

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Rainy Vancouver Days (at Vancouver, British Columbia)

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Rainy Vancouver Days (at Vancouver, British Columbia)