FilterPhoto 2020

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2020 Filter Photo Festival
September 9th – 13th

Filter Photo is pleased to announce the 12th Annual Filter Photo Festival, a multi-day celebration of photography. Due to COVID-19, this year’s Festival will take place primarily online – with a robust line-up of virtual programming, alongside hybrid physical and online exhibitions. Photography curators, collectors, and critics from across the country will conduct nearly 250 virtual portfolio reviews with aspiring artists and photographers. The Festival will also host a variety of virtual photography workshops exploring topics like creative production, professional practices, and career development. Additionally, the Festival will feature a series of daily online artist talks, including photographer Liz Deschenes as the featured evening speaker. Supplemental virtual programming includes Roaming Reviews and the Festival Zoom Lounge, which will both serve as opportunities for Festival-goers to casually share work and connect with peers. Finally, there will be a special reception for two juried exhibitions featuring nearly 60 artists at Filter Space gallery.

Portfolio reviews and workshops are paid events that require advanced registration. All other virtual programming is free and open to the public – see the full line-up of free events in the schedule online. And stay tuned for details about how to join us via Zoom!


Filter Photo is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Chicago, Illinois.

Filter Photo’s mission is two-fold: first, to serve and support the photographic communities of Chicago and the Midwest; and second, to highlight Chicago as a vital center of the national photographic community.

Since 2009 Filter Photo has organized the annual Filter Photo Festival, a multiday celebration of photography that includes workshops, lectures, exhibition receptions, artist talks, and other diverse programming. A primary component of the Festival is the portfolio reviews, through which photographers are able to connect with national and international curators, gallery directors, editors, and other elite professionals.

In 2015 Filter Photo opened Filter Space, a permanent gallery and project space located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood at 1821 West Hubbard Street, Suite 207. Filter Space hosts regular social, educational, and professional development activities, including exhibitions, workshops, and lectures.

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