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Image of Featured Speaker Rodrigo Valenzuela delivering the keyonte lecture


September 18 - 21, 2024

Audience enjoying the opening reception of a solo exhibition

Filter Photo Festival is a multi-day celebration of photography that takes place every autumn in Chicago. The 2024 Festival will be held September 18th - 21st 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.


Filter Photo is dedicated to the health and safety of our community. We will not be requiring proof of vaccination and masking at Festival events will be optional.


Filter Photo is dedicated to an open, inclusive, accessible, and supportive environment for all of its patrons, staff, and volunteers. More details about accessibility can be found on our About page.


Visitors needing accommodations are invited to contact us before 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.

Workshop instructor Todd Hido reviewing portfolios
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