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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 multi-day celebration of photography that includes workshops, lectures, exhibition receptions, artist talks, and other diverse programming. A primary component of the Festival are 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. Filter Space hosts regular social, educational, and professional development activities, including exhibitions, workshops, and lectures.

Filter Photo is dedicated to an open, inclusive, accessible, and supportive environment for all of its patrons, staff, and volunteers.  Visitors in need of accommodations are invited to contact us in advance of your visit so we can arrange accommodations to support your experience.

Please join us in our mission and support Filter Photo through Membership or a tax-deductible donation.

Learn more about Filter here!

Filter Photo’s Non-Discrimination Policy describes our expectations as we work together to maintain a respectful environment, free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. View Filter Photo’s Non-Discrimination and Whistle Blower policies.


Jeff Phillips | President
Jay Wolke | Treasurer

Doug Fogelson
Jane Fulton Alt
Aimée Beaubien
Jonas Becker

Cecil McDonald, Jr.
Sandro Miller
David M. Wong



Judy Natal
Aline Smithson
Susan Aurinko
Jeff Curto
Sasha Wolf
Doug McGoldrick
Jon Horvath
Alice Hargrave
Scott Fortino
David Sutton


Sarah Hadley, Founder and Past Executive Director

James Pepper Kelly, Past Managing Director

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