FILTER PHOTO FESTIVAL
September 27 - 30, 2023
Filter Photo Festival is a multi-day celebration of photography that takes place every autumn in Chicago. The 2023 Festival will be held September 27th - 30th at the Columbia College Chicago Student Center, centrally located downtown in proximity to museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions.
Programming includes portfolio reviews, workshops, lectures, and artist talks. Additionally, exhibitions will be hosted at Filter Space gallery in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.
Portfolio reviews are a central element of the Festival. During a portfolio review, an artist is able to share work directly with local, national, and international photography professionals, including gallery directors, curators, editors, and publishers. Emerging and established photographers are welcome to sign up for these twenty-minute, one-on-one sessions.
An important part of the Chicago arts community since 2009, Filter Photo Festival has hosted an impressive roster of established artists and photographers as Festival Keynote Speaker including Ken Gonzales Day, Liz Deschenes, Joel-Peter Witkin, Penelope Umbrico, Carrie Mae Weems, Mona Kuhn, John Chiara, and Rodrigo Valenzuela, among others.
HEALTH, SAFETY, AND ACCESSIBILITY
Filter Photo is dedicated to the health and safety of our community. Based on the City of Chicago's current Community Risk and Transmission Rate Data, we will not be requiring proof of vaccination and masking at Festival events will be optional. We will continue to monitor transmission rates and will update this policy as appropriate.
Additionally, 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 the Festival 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 our Non-Discrimination and Whistle Blower policies.