September 22 – September 26, 2021

Registration details coming soon!


Filter Photo Festival is a multi-day celebration of photography that takes place every autumn in Chicago.  The 2021 Festival is September 22 - 26 and will be primarily an in-person Festival.  Programming includes workshops, portfolio reviews, 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. 

Stayed tuned to this page for all the details about the 2021 Festival including speakers, portfolio reviewers, workshop instructors, as well as registration information.

Download the 2020 Filter Photo Festival Program for details about last year's virtual Festival.

Video footage from the 2018 Festival can be found by clicking below.

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 Liz Deschenes, Joel-Peter Witkin, Penelope Umbrico, Carrie Mae Weems, Mona Kuhn, John Chiara, and Rodrigo Valenzuela, among others.

Registration dates for the 2021 Filter Photo Festival will be announced this Spring. 

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