Back on the Shelf

Juried by Paul D'Amato


Filter Photo is pleased to announce, Back on the Shelf, an open call for a photo book exhibition, juried by artist and co-founder of SKYLARK Editions, Paul D’Amato. 


Back On the Shelf is an open theme and D’Amato is interested in showcasing well conceived, original, and compelling photo books. Eligible entries include all types of photo books, whether self-published, handmade, or commercially published. Books by or featuring the work of more than one artist are also eligible. Books must have been completed within the last two years.


A Juror’s Choice and Honorable Mention will be awarded. The Juror’s Choice Award comes with a $250 cash prize.

Important Dates

November 30th, 2022—Call Closes

December 30th, 2022—Books due at Filter Space

Early January 2023—Jurying Takes Place

Mid-January 2023—Accepted Artists Notified

February 3rd, 2023—Exhibition Opens

Paul D'Amato (American, 1956- ) was born in Boston where he attended Boston Latin School at the height of racial unrest, civil rights, and bussing. He moved to Oregon to attend Reed College and claims to have learned as much from traveling cross-country four times a year—often by hitch-hiking and hopping freight trains—as he did in class. After receiving an MFA from Yale School of Art, he moved to Chicago where he discovered the communities of Pilsen and Little Village. The pictures and writing D'Amato produced there over the next fourteen years were made into the book, Barrio.


His most recent book of images made in the African-American community on the west side, entitled Here/Still/Now, was awarded the Lucie Foundation Book Prize in 2018. He has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Grant, and a Rockefeller Foundation Grant to Bellagio, Italy and his work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago among many others.

In 2016, D’Amato co-founded SKYLARK EDITIONS and has been the co-editor and publisher of an eclectic range of photography books. SKYLARK EDITIONS is a non-profit publishing project that provides a platform for the creation and distribution of innovative photo books by emerging and established artists.

This exhibition is partially sponsored by The Illinois Arts Council Agency.


Exhibition Dates: February 3rd - March 31st, 2023
Gallery Reception: February 3rd, 6 – 9 PM
Location: Filter Space | 1821 W Hubbard St, Suite 207
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11 AM – 5 PM