As part of Chicago Artists Month, Filter Photo is pleased to announce the 4th annual Filter Photography Festival, a week-long photo extravaganza dedicated to inspiring and educating emerging and professional photographers. Filter takes place October 15–22 at various locations in the Loop, including the Fine Arts Building, the Wyndham Blake Hotel, Columbia College, David Weinberg Gallery and select Chicago museums and galleries.
The 2012 Filter Photography Festival’s diverse programming includes:
· portfolio reviews
· lectures, panel discussions and workshops with world-renowned photo professionals
· juried exhibitions, with open calls to the public
· networking events and receptions
· gallery talks, exclusive tours and receptions at The Chicago History Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Gage Gallery
Filter provides photographers an opportunity to connect with top gallerists, photo editors, educators, curators, and photographers from across the United States. Programming is designed to appeal to photographers of all styles and persuasions, from fine art to commercial to documentary and journalistic. The 2012 Filter Photography Festival is organized solely by Filter Photo, an organization dedicated to fostering dialogue and education within the photographic community, and to expanding Chicago’s role within that community.
Throughout the week, workshops serve as a way to connect and inspire participants with new ideas, strategies and techniques. Santa Fe Photographic Workshops is proud to be sponsoring Aline Smithson's The Art of Presentation: Showing Your Work to the Fine Art Market, Wednesday, October 17, 9am – 1pm, Wyndam Blake Hotel. Other 2012 workshops will be led by Brian Ulrich, S. Gayle Stevens, Tim Arroyo, Richard Cahan, Susan Aurinko, Judy Natal, Lauren Henkin, and Crista Dix.
As in previous years, Portfolio Reviews are the heart of the Festival and take place on Friday, September 19, Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21. Participants receive valuable face-to-face critiques with renowned photography professionals, as well as insightful, candid advice on advancing their artistic and professional careers. Reviewers are selected for their commitment, experience, and involvement in the photographic and artistic communities. See the 2012 reviewers list.
The open portfolio walk, for all photographers participating in the reviews, is Saturday, October 20, from 6-8:30pm. Sunday, October 21, from 6-8:30pm, Filter hosts a book night which will feature local booksellers, as well as Filter participants who have recently published photo books. Both of these events are held in Curtiss Hall in the Fine Arts Building, not far from the Wyndam Blake hotel.
Filter will also be hosting lectures and evening programs Monday, October 15 through Sunday, October 2. Lectures this year will be from such Midwest photography luminaries as Kelli Connell, Brian Ulrich, and Andy Adams.
The juried exhibition this year will be held at the David Weinburg Gallery in River North, and Filter is also hosting satellite exhibitions through Chicago neighborhoods.
Filter Photo Festival 2012 is proud to be sponsored by Calumet Photographic, BandH Camera,
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, IT Supplies, Chimera Lighting, Aperture and Central Camera. Registration and a complete 2012 Filter Photography Festival schedule are both available at