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Installation image of solo exhibtion Shawn Bush


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.

Photo of attendees enjoying the annual Portfolio Walk

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.

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

Learn more about Filter here!


Filter Photo is part of the Hubbard Street Lofts building with a shared parking lot, including one wheelchair-accessible parking space.

There is a call box at the main door that can be used to gain access to the building. Please find our listing in the directory; you will be buzzed in. There is a small wheelchair ramp at the main entrance of the building over a small threshold step. We are located on the second floor, which can be accessed by stairs or elevator - both located at the end of the main hallway

The gallery has an automatic door opener to facilitate entry to our suite.


A single-use all-gender restroom is located in our space; however, it has one step to enter.  There is a wheelchair-accessible all-gender restroom on the 1st and 3rd floors available via the elevator.

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

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
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

Filter Photo is partly supported by grants from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Events, the Fogelson Family Foundation, the Butzlaff Family Fund, and the Henry Nias Foundation.

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